Revolution and legitimation


  • Oleh Bilyi H.S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


revolution, legitimation, imagined institutions, right to revolt, counterpower


The article subject is the relationship between the revolutionary action and the process of legitimation. The author demonstrates how revolutionaries acquire the right to new rationalization of history. The priority in this process belongs to narratives which are related to realization of the right to revolt. Each conscious revolutionary action anticipates the existence of some parallel structures of counterpower. These structures are mainly established as political views and imagined institutions. Within the process of revolution, this fundamental feature of political imagination is embodied in narratives of society-power relation, which is the basic component of the revolutionary legitimation.

Author Biography

Oleh Bilyi, H.S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

doctor of sciences (philology), professor, senior research fellow at the Department of the Philosophy of Culture, Ethics and Aesthetics


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How to Cite

Bilyi, O. (2017). Revolution and legitimation. Filosofska Dumka, (4), 57–68. Retrieved from



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