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Market and ThoughtMeditations on the Political and Biopolitical$
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Brett Levinson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223848

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223848.001.0001

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“Empire”

“Empire”

Anti-aestheticism, Leftist Solutions, and the Commodification of the Multitude

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(p.214) 10. “Empire”
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Market and Thought
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Brett Levinson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823223848.003.0011

Through a reading of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's Empire, this chapter examines a series of political-theoretical discourses that continue to serve up the idea of deconstruction's “apoliticality”. It investigates not only their claim on the political but also the fact that they make this claim through a dismissal of deconstruction. It asks whether anti-deconstruction is central or peripheral to these assertions about the political. Hardt and Negri imply the division of the politics of identity from the politics of “the multitude”. Yet, the discussion of aestheticism suggests that this partition between identity politics and multitude is impossible to draw. Hardt and Negri insist that the difference between Left and Right, multitude and empire, is not given by empire itself. Instead, they demonstrate how the former is not conceivable without the emergence of the latter.

Keywords:   deconstruction, Hardt, Negri, Empire, multitude, aestheticism

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