Spinoza for Our Time: Politics and Postmodernity by Antonio Negri
By Antonio Negri
Antonio Negri, one of many world's major students on Baruch Spinoza (1632--1677) and his modern legacy, bargains a simple rationalization of the philosopher's tricky arguments and a persuasive case for his ongoing relevance. Responding to a resurgent curiosity in Spinoza's suggestion and its strength software to modern international concerns, Negri demonstrates the thinker's targeted price to politics, philosophy, and comparable disciplines.
Negri's paintings is either a go back to and an development of his preliminary confirmation of Spinozian notion in "The Savage Anomaly." He extra defends his figuring out of the thinker as a proto-postmodernist, or a philosopher who's simply now, with the appearance of the postmodern, turning into modern. Negri additionally connects Spinoza's theories to contemporary developments in political philosophy, rather the reengagement with Carl Schmitt's "political theology," and the background of philosophy, together with the argument that Spinoza belongs to a "radical enlightenment." through positioning Spinoza as a modern progressive highbrow, Negri addresses and successfully defeats twentieth-century evaluations of the philosopher waged by means of Jacques Derrida, Alain Badiou, and Giorgio Agamben.
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