How to Organize Emancipation: The Paris Commune

Frank Ruda (Lead / Corresponding author)

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This article investigates the Paris Commune following Marx’s comment that it is the form of collective emancipation at last discovered. It argues that the Paris Commune should therefore be read as establishing and enacting a different use of form, a form of practice that correlates to a practice of form which suspends all transcendental guarantee and insurances: the Commune is therefore at the same time eminently historical, but becomes immediately contemporary to anyone thinking through emancipation. The article thus closes by proposing a concrete point of orientation that can be derived from thinking with the Communards (for) today.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-217
Number of pages12
JournalNineteenth-Century French Studies
Issue number3-4
Early online date9 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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