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Esposito, Roberto

Politics and Negation: For an Affirmative Philosophy

Esposito, Roberto - Politics and Negation: For an Affirmative Philosophy, ebook

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For some while we have been witnessing a series of destructive phenomena which seem to indicate a full-fledged return to the negative on the world stage – from terrorism and armed conflict to the threat of environmental catastrophe. At the same time, politics seems increasingly impotent in the face of these threats.

In this book, the leading Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito reconstructs the genealogy of the reciprocal intertwining of politics and negation. He retraces the intensification of negation in the thought of various thinkers, from Schmitt and Freud to Heidegger, and examines the negative slant of some of our fundamental political categories, such as sovereignty, property and freedom. Against the centrality of negation, Esposito proposes an affirmative philosophy that does not negate or repress negation but radically rethinks it in the positive cipher of difference, determination and opposition. The result is a rigorous and original pathway which, in the tension between affirmation and negation, recognizes the disturbing traumas of our time, as well as the harbingers of what awaits at its limits.

This highly original and timely book will be of great value to students and scholars in philosophy, cultural theory and the humanities more generally, and to anyone interested in contemporary European thought.

Keywords: Political philosophy; political theory; Continental philosophy; Italian philosophy; European politics; negativity; terrorism; global warming; Freud; Heidegger; Schmitt; cultural theory, Political Philosophy & Theory, Cultural Studies General, Political Philosophy & Theory, Cultural Studies General

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Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
2019
Language
en
Edition
1
Page amount
200 pages
Format
Ebook
eISBN (PDF)
9781509539451
Printed ISBN
9781509536610

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