Cambridge Core – Twentieth-Century Philosophy – The Persistence of the Negative – by Benjamin Noys. positivity – are the watchwords of a culture that Benjamin Noys, in his book The Persistence of the Negative,1 labels. “affirmationism”; the practice or systematicity . The Persistence of the Negative. A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory. Benjamin Noys. Published by Edinburgh University Press.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A compelling critique of contemporary continental theory. Through a series of incisive readings of leading theoretical figures of affirmationism–Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Antonio Negri and Alain Badiou–Benjamin Noys contests the tendency of recent theory to rely on affirmation, and especially an affirmative thinking of resistance.

He reveals a profound current of negativity that allows theory to return to its political calling. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 1 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. A spectre is haunting continental theory — the spectre of the negative. Such, at any rate, is the diagnosis offered by Benjamin Noys in this wonderfully thought provoking little study.

The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory

Far, however, from being a minor linguistic kerfuffle “positivity! The basic issue is this: Without a theorisation of the negative, do we not simply mire ourselves in the already-there, without affording us the possibility of political resistance?

Even more worrying for Noys however, og the political consequences that follow once such a move is made: Or, to put it in a maxim: Crystallised particularly in the work of Negri, Noys contends – rightly I think – that we simply need better strategies than this if the Left is to act as any kind of bulwark against the forces of capital.

Part of the complication of reading The Persistence of the Negative however, is its In any case though, by simply having properly posed the question of negativity afresh, The Persistence of the Negative is marvellous achievement, one that ought to become a touchstone for theory for a while to persitsence.


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