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Abolishing Freedom series editors · Marco Abel and Roland Végső Something in the world forces us to think. —Gilles Deleuze The world provokes thought.Thinking is nothing but the human response to this provocation.Thus the very nature of thought is to be the product of a provocation. This is why a genuine act of provocation cannot be the empty rhetorical gesture of the contrarian. It must be an experimental response to the historical necessity to act. Unlike the contrarian, we refuse to reduce provocation to a passive noun or a state of being.We believe that real moments of provocation are constituted by a series of actions that are best defined by verbs or even infinitives—verbs in a modality of potentiality, of the promise of action. To provoke is to intervene in the present by invoking an as yet undecided future radically different from what is declared to be possible in the present and, in so doing, to arouse the desire for bringing about change. By publishing short books from multiple disciplinary perspectives that are closer to the genres of the manifesto, the polemical essay, the intervention, and the pamphlet than to traditional scholarly monographs, “Provocations” hopes to serve as a forum for the kind of theoretical experimentation that we consider to be the very essence of thought. Abolishing Freedom A Plea for a Contemporary Use of Fatalism frank ruda university of nebraska press · lincoln and london © 2016 by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America The series editors would like to thank Jaime Brunton, Daniel Clausen, Daniel Froid, Robert Lipscomb, and Edwardo Rios for their work on the manuscript. This initial volume of the series is dedicated to the memory of Ernesto Laclau. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Ruda, Frank, author. Title: Abolishing freedom: a plea for a contemporary use of fatalism / Frank Ruda. Description: Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. | Series: Provocations | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: lccn 2015049866 isbn 9780803284371 (pbk.: alk. paper) isbn 9780803288782 (ePub) isbn 9780803288799 (mobi) isbn 9780803288805 (pdf) Subjects: lcsh: Fate and fatalism. | Liberty. Classification: lcc bj1468.5 .r83 2016 ddc 149/.8—dc23 lc record available at Set in Sorts Mill Goudy by Rachel Gould. Designed by N. Putens. To Eva, for teaching me that the worst always already happened In our times we can neither endure our faults nor the means of correcting them. —Titus Livy ...


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