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Theory Out of Bounds #15: Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State

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In the ten years since the initial publication of Insurgencies, Antonio Negri's reputation as one of the world's foremost political philosophers has grown dramatically. An invigorating appraisal of revolutionary thought, Insurgencies is both the precursor to and the historical basis for Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt's masterwork, Empire.

At the center of this book is the conflict between "constituent power," the democratic force of revolutionary innovation, and "constituted power," the fixed power of formal constitutions and central authority. This conflict, Negri argues, defines the drama of modern rebellions. Now with a foreword by Michael Hardt, Insurgencies leads to a new notion of how power and action must be understood if we are to achieve a democratic future.

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Mediterranean political philosopher Negri argues that the relationship between constituent power and democracy is more complex than many scholars recognize. He ponders constituent powers as the concept of a crisis, the Machiavellian paradigm of virtue and fortune, the Atlantic model and the theory of counterpower, political emancipation in the American Constitution, the revolution and constitution of labor, Communist desire and the dialectic restored, and the constitution of strength. Il potere costituente: saggio sulle alternative del moderno was published by SugarC0., Carnago (Varese), Italy in 1992. Boscagli's translation first appeared in 1999. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Antonio Negri, who has taught at the University of Padua and the University of Paris, is the author of more than thirty books, including Empire and Multitude, with Michael Hardt; The Savage Anomaly (Minnesota, 2000); and In Praise of the Common, with Cesare Casarino (Minnesota, 2008).

Michael Hardt is professor of literature at Duke University. He is the author of Empire and Multitude, with Antonio Negri, as well as Labor of Dionysus and Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy, both published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1. Constituent Power: The Concept of a CrisisOn the Juridical Concept of Constituent Power

Absolute Procedure, Constitution, Revolution

From Structure to the SubjectChapter 2. Virtue and Fortune: The Machiavellian Paradigm

The Logic of Time and the Prince's Indecision

Democracy as Absolute Government and the Reform of the Renaissance

Critical Ontology of the Constituent PrincipleChapter 3. The Atlantic Model and the Theory of CounterpowerMutatio and Anakyclosis

Harrington: Constituent Power as Counterpower

The Constituent Motor and the Constitutionalist ObstacleChapter 4. Political Emancipation in the American ConstitutionConstituent Power and the "Frontier" of Freedom

Homo Politicus and the Republican Machine

Crisis of the Event and Inversion of the TendencyChapter 5. The Revolution and the Constitution of LaborRousseau's Enigma and the Time of the Sansculottes

The Constitution of Labor

To Terminate the RevolutionChapter 6. Communist Desire and the Dialectic RestoredConstituent Power in Revolutionary Materialism

Lenin and the Soviets: The Institutional Compromise

Socialism and EnterpriseChapter 7. The Constitution of Strength"Multitudo et Potentia": The Problem

Constitutive Disutopia

Beyond ModernityNotes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816667741
Author:
Negri, Antonio
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Translator:
Boscagli, Maurizia
Foreword by:
Hardt, Michael
Foreword:
Hardt, Michael
Author:
Boscagli, Maurizia
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Revolutions
Subject:
Constitutional law -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Theory Out of Bounds
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 0.8 in

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