Raoul Vaneigem (born 1934) is a Belgian writer and philosopher. He was born in Lessines (Hainaut, Belgium). After studying romance philology at the Free University of Brussels (now split into the Universit Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel) from 1952 to 1956, 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. Although Debord was the more disciplined thinker, Vaneigem's slogans frequently made it onto the walls of Paris during the May 1968 uprisings. His most famous book, and the one that contains the most famous slogans, is The Revolution of Everyday Life (in French the title was more elaborate: Trait de savoir-vivre l'usage des jeunes gnrations).
According to the website nothingness.org, "The voice of Raoul Vaneigem was one of the strongest of the Situationists. Counterpoised to Guy Debord's political and polemic style, Vaneigem offered a more poetic and spirited prose. The Revolution of Everyday Life (Trait de savoir-vivre l'usage des jeunes gnrations), published in the same year as 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 response denouncing both Vaneigem and his critique of the Situationist International."
After leaving the Situationist movement Vaneigem wrote a series of polemical books defending the idea of a free and self-regulating social order. He frequently made use of pseudonyms, including "Julienne de Cherisy," "Robert Desessarts," "Jules-Franois Dupuis," "Tristan Hannaniel," "Anne de Launay," "Ratgeb," and "Michel Thorgal." Recently he has been an advocate of a new type of strike, in which service and transportation workers provide services for free and refuse to collect payment or fares.
In 2009 Vaneigem was interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist for e-flux.
 Partial bibliography
- The Revolution of Everyday Life, (Trait de savoir-vivre l'usage des jeunes gnrations)
- (French) Trait de savoir-vivre l'usage des jeunes gnrations
- Le livre des plaisirs, (The Book of Pleasures), 1979, reprinted 1993.
- L'Ile aux delices, (The Island of Delights), an erotic novel, 1979.
- Le mouvement du libre-esprit (The Movement of the Free Spirit), 1986.
- Adresse aux vivants sur la mort qui les gouverne et l'opportunit de s'en dfaire, 1990
- Lettre de Staline ses enfants enfin rconcilis de l'Est et de l'Ouest, 1992
- La rsistance au christianisme. Les hrsies des origines au XVIIIe sicle, 1993
- Les hrsies, 1994
- Avertissement aux coliers et lycens, 1995
- Nous qui dsirons sans fin, 1996
- La Paresse, 1996
- Notes sans porte, 1997
- Dictionnaire de citations pour servir au divertissement et l'intelligence du temps, 1998
- Dclaration des droits de l'tre humain. De la souverainet de la vie comme dpassement des droits de le l'homme, 2001
- Pour une internationale du genre humain, 2001
- Salut Rabelais ! Une lecture au prsent, 2003
- Rien n'est sacr, tout peut se dire, 2003
- Le Chevalier, la Dame, le Diable et la Mort, 2003
- Modestes propositions aux grvistes, 2004
- Journal imaginaire, 2005
 Further reading (in french)
- CHARLES (Pol), Vaneigem l'insatiable, L'Age d'Homme, Lausanne, Suisse, 2002, ISBN 2-8251-1647-5
- LAMBRETTE (Grgory), Raoul Vaneigem, St-Georges d'Olron-Bruxelles, Editions Libertaires/Editions d'Alternative Libertaire, coll. Graine d'ananar, 2002
- SIX (Laurent), Raoul Vaneigem. L'loge de la vie affine, Avin, Luce Wilquin, coll. L'Oeuvre en Lumire, 2004
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