The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory

The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory

by Benjamin Noys

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The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory by Benjamin Noys

A compelling critique of contemporary continental theory. Through a series of incisive readings of leading theoretical figures of affirmationism - Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Antonio Negri and Alain Badiou - Benjamin Noys contests the tendency of recent theory to rely on affirmation, and especially an affirmative thinking of resistance. He reveals a profound current of negativity that allows theory to return to its political calling.

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ISBN-13: 9780748649044
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Benjamin Noys is Reader in English at the University of Chichester

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 On the Edge of Affirmation: Derrida 23

Unconditional Affirmation 25

'Not Necessarily Negative' 30

Saint Nietzsche 33

Unemployed Nietzsche 37

Spectral Subjects 41

2 Adieu to Negativity: Deleuze 51

The Positivisation of Difference 53

The Problem of the Negative 56

The Grandeur of Marx 61

Revolutionary Subjectivity 66

3 The Density and Fragility of the World: Latour 80

Disputing the Modern 82

Acritical 88

Acts of Violence 92

Forms of Violence 96

4 Immeasurable Life: Negri 106

Constituent Power 108

The Art of the Multitude 118

The Ontological Fabric of Empire 122

Downgrading the Negative 125

5 On the Edge of the Negative: Badiou 134

Historicising the Negative 136

Formalising the Negative 141

Active Nihilism 147

The Subject of Courage 149

The Line of the Negative 153

Conclusion 162

Bibliography 176

Index 194

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