By Antonio Negri,Timothy S. Murphy
Antonio Negri, one in all Italy’s such a lot influential and arguable modern philosophers, bargains during this booklet an intensive new interpretation of the nineteenth-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. For Negri, Leopardi isn't the sour, idealistic individualist of traditional literary heritage, yet quite a profoundly materialist philosopher who sees human team spirit because the basically attainable strategy to the catastrophes of background and politics. Negri lines Leopardi’s resistance to the transcendental idealism of Kant and Hegel, with its emphasis on reason’s strength to solve genuine antagonisms into summary syntheses, and his sluggish improvement of a worldly poetic materialism fascinated about the positive energy of the mind's eye and its “true illusions.” Like Nietzsche (who famous him), Leopardi offers an alternative choice to modernity inside modernity, expressing a strength of rupture and recomposition—a uniquely Italian one—that is as correct now because it used to be within the 19th century, and which connects to the speculation of Empire because the political structure of the current that Negri has elaborated in collaboration with Michael Hardt.
Antonio Negri is the coauthor (with Michael Hardt) of Empire; Multitude: conflict and Democracy within the Age of Empire; and Commonwealth.
Timothy S. Murphy is Houston-Truax-Wentz Professor of English at Oklahoma country collage. He has translated a number of of Negri’s works, together with Trilogy of Resistance; Books for Burning: among Civil conflict and Democracy in Nineteen Seventies Italy; and Subversive Spinoza: (Un)contemporary Variations.