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Overview

Today, Empire no longer has an outside: it no longer tolerates realities external to itself. Hence every war cannot but be a civil war, an internal battle, a domestic strife. But, if the enemy is always within, militarization is part and parcel of normalization and every war necessarily appears as a policing operation. And yet, has the sun really set on the old materialist dream of transforming social conflict into the beginnings of liberation? In the cracks of Empire one can discern an emergent capacity to remould the world. The anti-Empire is represented by the multitude, the collection of impassioned and desiring individuals whose potential for action offers the best hope for a better world.

In this book Antonio Negri explains the key concepts and methods which he and Michael Hardt have used to analyse Empire and the new forms of power and counter-power that are shaping and reshaping our world today. Through five introductory lectures and several supporting texts Negri constructs a democratic discourse on globalization, renews the premises of a materialist analysis of social and political life, as well as offering some glimpses into the future.

About the Author:
Antonio Negri is formerly Professor of State Theory at University of Padua

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Editorial Reviews

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"As a series of brief pointers to the theoretical architecture of Empire it is an excellent primer."
British Journal of Sociology

"Reflections on Empire and Empire and Beyond offer accessible points of entry to Negri's project with Hardt, which build, in their cumulative effect, to a sophisticated reflection upon its key ideas and their evolution - one that rewards close reading, even among those already familiar with his work."
Marx and Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745637044
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio Negri was formerly Professor of State Theory at the University of Padua.
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Table of Contents


A Note on the Text     vii
Preface: A Few Concepts Explained     1
A Conversation about Empire Antonio Negri and Danilo Zolo     11
Lesson 1: On Historical Method: Causality and Periodization     32
Sovereignty: Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri     49
Lesson 2: On Social Ontology: Material Labour, Immaterial Labour and Biopolitics     60
Globalization and Democracy: Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri     79
Lesson 3: Political Subjects: On the Multitude and Constituent Power     96
Towards an Ontological Definition of the Multitude     114
Lesson 4: On the Production of Subjectivity: Between War and Democracy     126
Counterpower     139
What to Make of 'What Is to Be Done?' Today: The Body of General Intellect     148
Lesson 5: Logic and the Theory of Inquiry: Militant Practice as Subject and Episteme     159
Following in Marx's Footsteps Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri     173
Index     196
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