Reading Negri Marxism in the Age of Empire

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-01
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Antonio Negri is known in the English-speaking world primarily through his collaborations with Michael Hardt; Empire , Multitude, and Commonwealth have become some of the most widely discussed political works of recent times. Here, Reading Negri unravels the ideas and life of the man whose work has become a rallying point for students, workers, and intellectuals opposing capitalist globalization. It also delves into many of the thinker's other writings, such as his novel readings of Machiavelli, Descartes, and Spinoza — revolutionary reinterpretations of the central texts of Marx — and his works of contemporary political analysis. Whereas most critical accounts of Negri focus only on his collaborations with Hardt, this insightful collection of essays presents readers with a fuller picture of his thoughts, one that does justice to his ability to use the great texts of the philosophical tradition to illuminate the present. This collection contains essays from scholars representing a broad spectrum of disciplines and interests, and offers both criticism of and positive commentary on Negri's work.

Author Biography

Pierre Lamarche is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University. Max Rosenkrantz is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach. David Sherman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana at Missoula, author of Sartre and Adorno: The Dialectics of Subjectivity, and co-editor of The Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Political Biography and Selected Bibliography of Antonio Negrip. ix
Reading Negri: An Introductionp. 1
Reading Negri: Contexts and Connectionsp. 19
Cattivi Maestri: Some Reflections on the Legacy of Guido Bianchini, Luciano Ferrari Bravo, and Primo Moronip. 21
Selling a Revolution: Negri, Bataille, and the Arcana of Productionp. 57
Metapolitics Now: Negri, Critical Theory, Praxisp. 75
Reading Negri with Marx: Value, Measure, Limitp. 99
Immeasurable Value? An Essay on Marx's Legacyp. 101
Marx Beyond Marx, Marx Before Marx: Negri's Lucretian Critique of the Hegelian Marxp. 127
Empire, Imperialism, and Value: Negri on Capitalist Sovereigntyp. 149
Reading Negri with Spinoza: The Multitude and Its Originsp. 169
From the Multitudo to the Multitude: The Place of Spinoza in the Political Philosophy of Antonio Negrip. 171
How Savage Was Spinoza? Spinoza and the Economic Life of Seventeenth-Century Hollandp. 193
Reading Negri Now: Negri's Productive Monstrosityp. 215
Idiotic Square: Empire and Its Doublep. 217
Things to Come: Monstrosity and Futurityp. 249
Contributorsp. 275
Indexp. 277
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