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In Praise of the Common

A Conversation on Philosophy and Politics

2008
Authors:

Cesare Casarino and Antonio Negri

In Praise of the Common

A publishing event—the history and evolution of Antonio Negri’s philosophical and political thought

In Praise of the Common is the most complete review of Antonio Negri’s work ever published, detailing for the first time the genealogy of his concepts. This is at once a book by Negri and on Negri and presents, for the first time in English, a major essay by him on the “monster” as a political figure in the history of Western thought.

An excellent addition to philosophical studies shelves, that does not shy away from modern, hot-button global issues.

The Midwest Book Review

A leading Marxist political philosopher and intellectual firebrand, Antonio Negri has inspired anti-empire movements around the world through his writings and personal example. Born in 1933, he was imprisoned in Italy in 1979 and convicted, nearly five years later, on questionable charges of “association and insurrection against the state,” whereupon he left the country to teach in France. In 1997, he voluntarily returned to Italy to serve out his seventeen-year prison sentence. He was freed in 2003.

In Praise of the Common, which began as a conversation between Negri and literary critic Cesare Casarino, is the most complete review of the philosopher’s work ever published. It includes five exchanges in which the two intellectuals discuss Negri’s evolution as a thinker from 1950 to the present, detailing for the first time the genealogy of his concepts. In Praise of the Common contains two essays by Casarino that expand Negri’s most recent work by relating it to the work of other prominent thinkers.

This is at once a book by Negri and on Negri. It presents, for the first time in English, a major essay by Negri on the “monster” as a political figure in the history of Western thought, engaging with discourses of biopolitics, eugenics, and genetic engineering. More candid and self-critical than ever before, Negri provides his wide audience with a rich and revelatory assessment of his controversial, highly influential thought.

In Praise of the Common

Cesare Casarino is associate professor of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. He is coeditor of Marxism beyond Marxism and author of Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad in Crisis (Minnesota, 2002), as well as numerous essays on literature, cinema, philosophy, queer theory, and AIDS studies.

Antonio Negri is an independent scholar and political activist. He has taught political science at the University of Paris and the University of Padua. He is the author of more than thirty books, many of which have been translated into several languages. Among his translated works in English are The Savage Anomaly (Minnesota, 1991); Marx beyond Marx; Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State (Minnesota, 1992); Time for Revolution; and Books for Burning. He is coauthor, with Michael Hardt, of Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State-Form (Minnesota, 1994); Empire; and Multitude. He was the most prominent figure in the Autonomia movement in Italy in the 1970s, and he has participated several times in the Global Social Forum. Many of his works have inspired contemporary antiglobalization political movements around the world.

In Praise of the Common

An excellent addition to philosophical studies shelves, that does not shy away from modern, hot-button global issues.

The Midwest Book Review

In Praise of the Common may not be light bedtime reading, but it certainly promises and delivers interesting concepts that are well-represented, well-argued, and thought-provoking.

M/C Reviews