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

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The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory [KINDLE] ❄ The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory By Benjamin Noys – Polishdarling.co.uk 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 N A compelling critique of the ePUB ↠ 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 The Persistence eBook ¹ reveals a profound current of negativity that allows theory to return to its political calling.

  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory
  • Benjamin Noys
  • English
  • 02 July 2019
  • 0748638636

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10 thoughts on “The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory

  1. Alexander Alexander says:

    A spectre is haunting continental theory the spectre of the negative Expelled by the light of an ascendant affirmationist consensus by thinkers of the left, the powers of the negative are everywhere in disarray Such, at any rate, is the diagnosis offered by Benjamin Noys in this wonderfully thought provoking little study Tracking the suppression of the negative across the works of five major philosophers Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou N A spectre is haunting continental theory the spectre of the negative Expelled by the light of an ascendant affirmationist consensus by thinkers of the left, the powers of the negative are everywhere in disarray Such, at any rate, is the diagnosis offered by Benjamin Noys in this wonderfully thought provoking little study Tracking the suppression of the negative across the works of five major philosophers Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou Noys carefully charts the ways in which each tarries with negative in order to better dispel it in the name of an everentrenched affirmationism in theory Far, however, from being a minor linguistic kerfuffle positivity negativity , the signal merit of Noys work is to handily demonstrate the consequences both philosophical and political that follow in the wake of such dismissals.The basic issue is this having done away with the negative, in what way can one conceptualise agency That is, in what way can one intervene in the positive being of what is in order to affect a change Without a theorisation of the negative, do we not simply mire ourselves in the already there, without affording us the possibility of political resistance It s these kinds of questions which guide Noys readings, for which negation does not ultimately function as an ontological category, but a properly strategic one In other words, not just any kind of negativity is at stake in Noys retrieval attempt, but a very specific one, bearing on the thought and the possibility of political agental intervention Hence, for instance, Noys attempt to avoid the double pitfalls of thinking of the negative either in terms of the wholly Other think Levinas , or the dialectically opposed as per Hegel.Indeed it s Noys charge that while these latter figures of the negative are in fact acknowledged and rightly avoided by the affirmationist bloc , the price paid for swerving in the opposite direction of an unadulterated affirmationism is precisely that of disavowing the third way of strategic negativity so necessary to thought of agency Evenworrying for Noys however, are the political consequences that follow once such a move is made in lieu of the labour of the negative, it s accelerationism that becomes the political strategy of choice not resistance to what is , but its radicalisation becomes the key to political action Or, to put it in a maxim the worse things get, the better the situation will be 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 well, negative approach to the exactly what this negative strategy might look like Given that most of the book proceeds by way of critique, there shere that specifies what the negative isn t than what exactly it is Indeed it s only in the conclusion that Noys really attempts to flesh out the strategic negativity he has in mind, one in fact developed and inspired by the work of Walter Benjamin as well as Guy Debord and the Situationist International Although given a discussion of its own, I really do wish the book was as comprehensive in its positive conception of the negative as it was with its critical uptake of the affirmationists 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 come

  2. Tara Brabazon Tara Brabazon says:

    An outstanding, complex, intricate and difficult book Thankfully, Edinburgh University Press continues to publish these important, high theory monographs Noys explores contemporary continental theory, with particular attention to Latour, Negri, Badiou, Derrida and Deleuze, and explores how theory can reconnect to political concerns and imperative A dense and pleasurable reading experience.

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10 thoughts on “The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory

  1. Alexander Alexander says:

    A spectre is haunting continental theory the spectre of the negative Expelled by the light of an ascendant affirmationist consensus by thinkers of the left, the powers of the negative are everywhere in disarray Such, at any rate, is the diagnosis offered by Benjamin Noys in this wonderfully thought provoking little study Tracking the suppression of the negative across the works of five major philosophers Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou N A spectre is haunting continental theory the spectre of the negative Expelled by the light of an ascendant affirmationist consensus by thinkers of the left, the powers of the negative are everywhere in disarray Such, at any rate, is the diagnosis offered by Benjamin Noys in this wonderfully thought provoking little study Tracking the suppression of the negative across the works of five major philosophers Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou Noys carefully charts the ways in which each tarries with negative in order to better dispel it in the name of an everentrenched affirmationism in theory Far, however, from being a minor linguistic kerfuffle positivity negativity , the signal merit of Noys work is to handily demonstrate the consequences both philosophical and political that follow in the wake of such dismissals.The basic issue is this having done away with the negative, in what way can one conceptualise agency That is, in what way can one intervene in the positive being of what is in order to affect a change Without a theorisation of the negative, do we not simply mire ourselves in the already there, without affording us the possibility of political resistance It s these kinds of questions which guide Noys readings, for which negation does not ultimately function as an ontological category, but a properly strategic one In other words, not just any kind of negativity is at stake in Noys retrieval attempt, but a very specific one, bearing on the thought and the possibility of political agental intervention Hence, for instance, Noys attempt to avoid the double pitfalls of thinking of the negative either in terms of the wholly Other think Levinas , or the dialectically opposed as per Hegel.Indeed it s Noys charge that while these latter figures of the negative are in fact acknowledged and rightly avoided by the affirmationist bloc , the price paid for swerving in the opposite direction of an unadulterated affirmationism is precisely that of disavowing the third way of strategic negativity so necessary to thought of agency Evenworrying for Noys however, are the political consequences that follow once such a move is made in lieu of the labour of the negative, it s accelerationism that becomes the political strategy of choice not resistance to what is , but its radicalisation becomes the key to political action Or, to put it in a maxim the worse things get, the better the situation will be 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 well, negative approach to the exactly what this negative strategy might look like Given that most of the book proceeds by way of critique, there shere that specifies what the negative isn t than what exactly it is Indeed it s only in the conclusion that Noys really attempts to flesh out the strategic negativity he has in mind, one in fact developed and inspired by the work of Walter Benjamin as well as Guy Debord and the Situationist International Although given a discussion of its own, I really do wish the book was as comprehensive in its positive conception of the negative as it was with its critical uptake of the affirmationists 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 come


  2. Tara Brabazon Tara Brabazon says:

    An outstanding, complex, intricate and difficult book Thankfully, Edinburgh University Press continues to publish these important, high theory monographs Noys explores contemporary continental theory, with particular attention to Latour, Negri, Badiou, Derrida and Deleuze, and explores how theory can reconnect to political concerns and imperative A dense and pleasurable reading experience.


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