Spinoza for Our Time

Politics and Postmodernity

Antonio Negri. Translated by William McCuaig. With a foreword by Rocco Gangle

Columbia University Press

Spinoza for Our Time

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Pub Date: September 2013

ISBN: 9780231160469

152 Pages

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Spinoza for Our Time

Politics and Postmodernity

Antonio Negri. Translated by William McCuaig. With a foreword by Rocco Gangle

Columbia University Press

Antonio Negri, one of the world's leading scholars on Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) and his contemporary legacy, offers a straightforward explanation of the philosopher's elaborate arguments and a persuasive case for his ongoing relevance. Responding to a resurgent interest in Spinoza's thought and its potential application to contemporary global issues, Negri demonstrates the thinker's special value to politics, philosophy, and related disciplines.

Negri's work is both a return to and an advancement of his initial affirmation of Spinozian thought in The Savage Anomaly. He further defends his understanding of the philosopher as a proto-postmodernist, or a thinker who is just now, with the advent of the postmodern, becoming contemporary. Negri also connects Spinoza's theories to recent trends in political philosophy, particularly the reengagement with Carl Schmitt's "political theology," and the history of philosophy, including the argument that Spinoza belongs to a "radical enlightenment." By positioning Spinoza as a contemporary revolutionary intellectual, Negri addresses and effectively defeats twentieth-century critiques of the thinker waged by Jacques Derrida, Alain Badiou, and Giorgio Agamben.

There are very few authors who are able to supply the degree and force of insight that Antonio Negri does on the subject of contemporary continental political philosophy. Even among those living thinkers who are as important as Negri, no oneis able to offer a substantive and creative account of the value of Spinoza for contemporary thought. It is precisely such an account that Negri here provides and in a way that makes original advances beyond even his more notable previous contributions.

Daniel Colucciello Barber, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

... Small, attractively produced... While the translation is lucid and elegant, Negri's analysis is subtle and couched in the philosophical grammar of contemporary Continental philosophy. The volume would be most appreciated by readers conversant in this idiom.

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Foreword, by Rocco Gangle
Translator's Note
Introduction: Spinoza and Us
1. Spinoza: A Heresy of Immanence and of Democracy
2. Potency and Ontology: Heidegger or Spinoza
3. Multitude and Singularity in the Development of the Spinoza's Political Thought
4. Spinoza: A Sociology of the Affects
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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About the Author

Antonio Negri has taught political philosophy at the University of Padua, the University of Vincennes, and the College Internationale de Philosophie. His books include The Politics of Subversion: A Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century and Negri on Negri.

Arianna Bove has translated many texts from Italian and French into English. Her work can be found at www.generation-online.org.