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Immeasurable Life: Negri

Benjamin Noys

in The Persistence of the Negative

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638635
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638635.003.0005
Immeasurable Life: Negri

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Antonio Negri has presented one of the most convincing articulations of affirmation as necessary to the constitution of a radical communist politics. In this chapter his work on political ontology and his vitalist politics of the powers of ‘Life’ as excess is critiqued through attention to the traces of the negative that remain. Focusing particularly on Negri’s work on art an engagement with the necessity of negation to the process of creation and production can be recovered from his work. Also, this chapter sharpens the critique of Negri’s recourse to an affirmative concept of the ‘multitude’ as political agent. While claiming a radical political agenda Negri’s theorisation remains problematically dependent on the capitalist categories – creation, production, the immeasurable – it aims to exceed.

Keywords: Antonio Negri; Ontology; Vitalism; Art; Capitalism

Chapter.  11962 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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