Italian Difference, The : Between Nihilism and Biopolitics (Edited by Alberto Toscano and Lorenzo Chiesa

This volume brings together essays by different generations of Italian thinkers which address, whether in affirmative, problematizing or genealogical registers, the entanglement of philosophical speculation and political proposition within recent Italian thought. Nihilism and biopolitics, two concepts that have played a very prominent role in theoretical discussions in Italy, serve as the thematic foci around which the collection orbits, as it seeks to define the historical and geographical particularity of these notions as well their continuing impact on an international debate. The volume also covers the debate around 'weak thought' (pensiero debole), the feminist thinking of sexual difference, the re-emergence of political anthropology and the question of communism. The contributors provide contrasting narratives of the development of post-war Italian thought and trace paths out of the theoretical and political impasses of the present-against what Negri, in the text from which the volume takes its name, calls 'the Italian desert'.
Contents:
1. INTRODUCTION by Lorenzo Chiesa and Alberto Toscano
2. THE ITALIAN DIFFERENCE by Antonio Negri
3. FOUCAULT DOCET by Pier Aldo Rovatti
4. NIHILISM AS EMANCIPATION by Gianni Vattimo
5. COMMUNITY AND NIHILISM by Roberto Esposito
6. BEYOND NIHILISM: NOTES TOWARDS A CRITIQUE OF LEFT-HEIDEGGERIANISM IN ITALIAN PHILOSOPHY IN THE 1970S by Matteo Mandarini
7. THE SYMBOLIC INDEPENDENCE FROM POWER by Luisa Muraro
8. TOWARDS A CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL DEMOCRACY by Mario Tronti
9. CHRONICLES OF INSURRECTION: TRONTI, NEGRI AND THE SUBJECT OF ANTAGONISM by Alberto Toscano
10. NATURAL-HISTORICAL DIAGRAMS: THE 'NEW GLOBAL' MOVEMENT AND THE BIOLOGICAL INVARIANT by Paolo Virno
11. GIORGIO AGAMBEN'S FRANCISCAN ONTOLOGY by Lorenzo Chiesa

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