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Paolo Virno A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life Book

Paolo Virno A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life Book

A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life

Italian political thinker Paolo Virno argues that the category of multitude is a far better tool to analyze contemporary issues than the Hobbesian concept of people Globalization 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 Italian political thinker Paolo Virno argues that the category of multitude is a far better tool to analyze contemporary issues than the Hobbesian concept of people Globalization 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

Title : A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life
Author :  Paolo Virno
Language : English
Isbn : 1584350210
Format : Paperback
Pages : 120 pages

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