This collection of essays is the first of its kind in English on the work of Antonio Negri, the Italian philosopher and political theorist. The spectacular success of Empire, Negri's collaboration with Michael Hardt, has brought Negri's writing to a new, wider audience. A substantial body of his writing is now available to an English-speaking readership. Outstanding contributors - including Michael Hardt, Sergio Bologna, Kathi Weeks and Nick Dyer-Witheford - reveal the variety and complexity of Negri's thought and explore its unique relevance to modern politics. Negri is one of the most sophisticated analysts of modern political philosophy. Philosophers and critics alike find his work both difficult and exhilarating, engaging as it does with Marx, Spinoza, Deleuze, Guattari, Tronti and others. This book is ideal for readers who want to get to grips with Negri's key themes, in particular his theories on labour, capital, power, the state and revolution. It makes a great introduction to his work for students of political philosophy, as well as providing a comprehensive critical approach for Negri enthusiasts.
Timothy S. Murphy is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. He is the translator of Negri's Books for Burning (2005) and Subversive Spinoza (2004). Abdul-Karim Mustapha teaches at Wofford College. He is a member of the editorial boards of Multitudes and Rethinking Marxism. He is the author of Age of the Globe: On Philosophy and Periodization.
Introduction: The Real Movement and the Present State of Things Timothy S. Murphy & Abdul-Karim Mustapha Editors' Acknowledgments Contributors Part I. The Long '68 in Italy 1. Into the Factory: Negri's Lenin and the Subjective Caesura (1968-73) Michael Hardt 2. Negri's Proletarians and the State: A Critique Sergio Bologna 3. Feminism and Autonomy: Itinerary of Struggle Alisa del Re 4. A Party of Autonomy? Steve Wright Part II. How to Resist the Present 5. The Refusal of Work as Demand and Perspective Kathi Weeks 6. Cyber-Negri: General Intellect and Immaterial Labor Nick Dyer-Witheford 7. Negri by Zapata: Constituent Power and the Limits of Autonomy Jose Rabasa 8. 'Now Everything Must Be Reinvented': Negri and Revolution Kenneth Surin Bibliography Index