Raoul Vaneigem

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Raoul Vaneigem born 1934 is a writerphilosopher. He participated in the Situationist International from 1961 to 1970. He currently resides in Belgium and is the father of four children.

Vaneigem and Guy Debord were two of the principal theoreticians of the Situationist movement. Vaneigem's slogans frequently made it onto the walls of Paris during the May 1968 uprising]. His most famous book, and the one that contains the most famous slogans, is The Revolution of Everyday Life (in French Traité de savoir-vivre à l'usage des jeunes générations).

According to the website nothingness.org, "The of Raoul Vaneigem strongest of the Situationists. Counterpoised to Guy and polemic style, Vaneigem offered a poetic and prose. The Revolution of Everyday Life (Traité de savoir-vivre à l'usage des jeunes générations), published in the same year as [Debord's] The Society of the Spectacle, helped broaden and balance the presentation of the SI's theories and practices.

One of the longest SI members, and frequent editor of the journal Internationale Situationniste, Vaneigem finally left the SI in November 1970, citing their failures as well as his own in his letter of resignation.

Soon after, Debord issued a typically scathing denouncing both and critique of the International." which also has additional biographical material.

After the Situationist International Vaneigem wrote a series of books defending the of a free and self-. He made use of including "Julienne de Cherisy," "Robert Desessarts," "Jules-François Dupuis," "Tristan Hannaniel," "Anne de Launay," and "Michel Thorgal."

Recently he has been an advocate of a new type of strike action in which service and transportation workers provide services for free and refuse to collect payment or fares.


Partial bibliography

Further reading (in french)

  • CHARLES (Pol), Vaneigem l'insatiable, L'Age d'Homme, Lausanne, Suisse, 2002, ISBN 2-8251-1647-5
  • LAMBRETTE (Grégory), Raoul Vaneigem, St-Georges d'Oléron-Bruxelles, Editions Libertaires/Editions d'Alternative Libertaire, coll. Graine d'ananar, 2002
  • SIX (Laurent), Raoul Vaneigem. L'éloge de la vie affinée, Avin, Luce Wilquin, coll. L'Oeuvre en Lumière, 2004

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