A Grammar of the Multitude
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Grammar of the Multitude by Paolo Virno
Book DescriptionGlobalization is forcing us to rethink some of the categories -- such as "the people" -- that traditionally have been associated with the now eroding state. Italian political thinker Paolo Virno argues that the category of "multitude," elaborated by Spinoza and for the most part left fallow since the seventeenth century, is a far better tool to analyze contemporary issues than the Hobbesian concept of "people," favored by classical political philosophy. Hobbes, who detested the notion of multitude, defined it as shunning political unity, resisting authority, and never entering into lasting agreements. "When they rebel against the state," Hobbes wrote, "the citizens are the multitude against the people." But the multitude isn't just a negative notion, it is a rich concept that allows us to examine anew plural experiences and forms of nonrepresentative democracy. Drawing from philosophy of language, political economics, and ethics, Virno shows that being foreign, "not-feeling-at-home-anywhere," is a condition that forces the multitude to place its trust in the intellect. In conclusion, Virno suggests that the metamorphosis of the social systems in the West during the last twenty years is leading to a paradoxical "Communism of the Capital."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781584350217
(229mm x 152mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Semiotext (E)
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paolo Virno
When the Word Becomes Flesh, Paperback (June 2015)
Translation of: Quando il verbo si fa carne.
Deja Vu and the End of History, Paperback (January 2015)
This book places two key notions up against each other to imagine a new way of conceptualizing historical time.
Multitude Between Innovation and Negation, Paperback (July 2008)
The influential Italian thinker offers three essays in the political philosophy of language.
Radical Thought in Italy, Paperback (October 2006)» View all books by Paolo Virno
A guide to Italian political and social theory.
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Author Biography - Paolo Virno
Paolo Virno is the author of several books, including A Grammar of the Multitude (Semiotext(e), 2002).
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