The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics

Chiesa, Lorenzo and Toscano, Alberto, eds. (2009) The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics. re.press, Melbourne, Australia, 180 pp. ISBN 9780980544077. (Full text available)

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Abstract

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’.

Item Type: Edited book
Additional information: One article contributed, plus Introduction co-written and several translations.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Italian
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 14:59
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 11:16
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30156 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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