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Revel, Jean François

Works: 351 works in 1,372 publications in 5 languages and 16,833 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Diaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author of introduction, Editor, Interviewee, Other, Adapter, Creator, Commentator, Correspondent, Narrator
Classifications: HN58, 309.17309
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Without Marx or Jesus : the new American Revolution has begun by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
29 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How democracies perish by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
19 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The totalitarian temptation by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
12 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The monk and the philosopher : a father and son discuss the meaning of life by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
20 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The French philosopher and his son, a Buddhist monk, discuss a wide range of issues
Anti-Americanism by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"After the 9/11 attack on the United States, the brief moment of global sympathy for America soon began giving way to blame. Angered by these assaults on a nation he knows and admires, the distinguished French intellectual Jean-Francois Revel has come to America's defense in Anti-Americanism, a book that (paradoxically, given his country's especially vehement attacks on the U.S. and its policies) spent several weeks late last year on top of France's bestseller list." "Revel sees much anti-Americanism simply as anticapitalism in disguise on the part of those - in Europe and the rest of the world - who are still committed to doctrines that, at heart, are illiberal and even totalitarian. In probing the origins of the notion that America is the source of all evil, he shows how these charges ultimately stem from weakness and envy on the part of those who make them and are a neurotic effort to find an easy explanation for Europe's own loss of status in the post-war era."--Jacket
On Proust by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
7 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sur Proust : remarques sur A la recherche du temps perdu by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
49 editions published between 1960 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The flight from truth : the reign of deceit in the age of information by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The French by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
4 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
French author holds a mirror up to his countrymen and condemns their social, cultural, and political life
Democracy against itself : the future of the democratic impulse by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
5 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this remarkable new book - as much a work of political philosophy as a meditation on current affairs - Jean-Francois Revel provides the first complete account of the startling events that have led to the revival of democracy throughout the world. Recalling the "euphoria" that swept the democratic countries after the fall of communism, Revel asks whether it was justified, and he concludes that we came much closer to losing the Cold War than many believe. Indeed, communism fell despite the weakness of the democratic front and the cynicism, self-hatred, and romantic illusions about revolution that have pervaded the Western elites in recent decades. In fascinating detail, Revel masterfully recreates the final phase of the Cold War and argues that the movement to end communism was not a revolution in the ordinary sense, but a reaction against revolution which paved the way for an acceptance of democracy as the only form of government that works. For while admittedly imperfect, democracy is still the only self-correcting system, while totalitarian societies are always forced to the catastrophic end of their own logic. Yet despite this worldwide rejection of utopian illusions, the victory of democracy is by no means historically inevitable. Vigorous alternatives remain, particularly in the Third World, where Islamic fundamentalism offers perhaps the most serious contemporary challenge to democratic values. In order to ensure its success, Revel argues, we must identify our interests with the flourishing of democratic principles. Thus, our foreign aid must place political reforms ahead of economic development, and we must establish a right to intervene in the internal affairs of nondemocratic regimes, respecting only those that are rooted in popular sovereignty. But even under democratic governments, we are unlikely ever to construct a world that is much better than ourselves. That is why the deepest challenge to democracy is a moral and political challenge from within. "Democracy allows free men to be born," Revel concludes, "but only free men allow democracy to last."
Pourquoi des philosophes? by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
58 editions published between 1957 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Histoire de la philosophie occidentale by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
38 editions published between 1968 and 2003 in French and Undetermined and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
""Que dirai-je si, me trouvant dans une île déserte avec un compagnon dépourvu de toute information philosophique, je devais pour satisfaire sa curiosité lui raconter de mémoire ce qui s'est passé en philosophie dans notre civilisation ?" Un défi que le journaliste a décidé de relever dans cette rétrospective philosophique."
L'obsession anti-américaine : son fonctionnement, ses causes, ses inconséquences by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in French and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analyse le fossé qui sépare les Etats-Unis telle qu'elle est des idées fausses que l'on s'en fait dans les autres pays du monde. Actualise la question de l'antiaméricanisme et réexamine ce phénomène politico-culturel à la lumière des derniers événements
La tentation totalitaire by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
24 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in French and Undetermined and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Comment les démocraties finissent by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
24 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in French and Undetermined and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poursuivant l'oeuvre de sensibilisation amorcée dans ##La tentation totalitaire##, Jean-François Revel tente de secouer la naïveté et l'aveuglement des Occidentaux face à un expansionnisme soviétique déterminé, sournois et constant. Enclines à abdiquer devant la rouerie des Soviétiques, les démocraties glissent insensiblement vers la servitude comme résignée à l'inévitable. Dans ce "bréviaire de la lâcheté", Revel secoue la léthargie des pacifistes et s'interroge, inquiet, sur le destin des démocraties qui, à moins d'un sursaut, pourraient bientôt n'avoir été qu'un trop bref accident de l'histoire
La connaissance inutile by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
19 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in French and Undetermined and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analyse critique, réaliste, souvent caustique, d'un élément de la civilisation actuelle: la prépondérance de la connaissance, qui est favorisée par les moyens d'information et de communication. L'auteur, dans son analyse sociopolitique, fait ressortir comment, malgré cela, l'humanité est mal gérée; il insiste sur le mensonge (la falsification de l'information) qui est "la première de toutes les forces qui mènent le monde". Principaux thèmes: le mensonge, la démocratie, le totalitarisme, le fascisme, le racisme, l'idéologie (dont le rôle est de fabriquer des explications), la liberté d'information, le rôle des intellectuels, avec un chapitre sur les enseignants
Philosophie de l'art; Voyage en Italie; Essais de critique et d'histoire by Hippolyte Taine ( Book )
13 editions published between 1964 and 2009 in French and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ni Marx, ni Jésus : de la second révolution américaine à la seconde révolution mondiale by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
2 editions published in 1970 in French and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
En France; la fin de l'opposition by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
18 editions published between 1956 and 1968 in French and Italian and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Last exit to Utopia : the survival of socialism in a post-Soviet era by Jean-François Revel ( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An English translation of Jean-Francois Revel's 1999 essay in which he examines the response of French intellectuals to the collapse of Soviet communism in the decade after its end
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Alternative Names
Chō̜ng-Frō̜ngsūa Rœ̄wēo
Chōng-Frōngsūa Rœ̄wēo 1924-2006
Revel, J. F.
Revel, Jean F. 1924-2006
Revel, Jean-François
Revel, Jean-François 1924-
Revel, Jean-François 1924-2006
Revel ́, Žan-Fransua
Revelʹ, Žan-Fransua 1924-2006
Revelʹ, Zhan-Fransua
Revelʹ, Zhan-Fransua 1924-2006
Ricard, Jean-François.
Ricard, Jean-François 1924-2006
Ревель, Жан-Франсуа 1924-
ルヴェル, ジャン・フランソワ
French (277)
English (111)
Spanish (8)
Italian (1)
Polish (1)