Time for revolution / Antonio Negri; translated by Matteo Mandarini.

by Negri, Antonio, 1933-Looking glass; Mandarini, MatteoLooking glass; Negri, Antonio, 1933- Kairòs, Alam Venus, multido. English.

Publisher: New York ; Continuum, [2003]Description: iv, 298 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0826459315.Uniform titles: Consituzione del tempo. English.Subject(s): CapitalismLooking glass | GlobalizationLooking glass | Government, Resistance toLooking glass | ImperialismLooking glass
Contents: translation from the Italian of La consituzione del tempo and Kairòs, Alma Venus, multido.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The two key essays by Antonio Negri brought together here were written in prison two decades apart. Time for Revolution illuminates the course of Negri's thinking from the 1980s to Empire and beyond.

Time for Revolution reflects Negri's abiding interest in the philosophy of time and resistance. The first essay is a central work in Negri's oeuvre, tracing the fracture lines which force capitalist society into perpetual crisis. The second essay, written immediately after the global best-seller, Empire, provides a conceptual toolbox for understanding Empire through the analysis of time and resistance.

Time for Revolution explores the burning issue of our times- is there still a place for resistance in a society utterly subsumed by capitalism?

Includes bibliographical references.

Contents: translation from the Italian of La consituzione del tempo and Kairòs, Alma Venus, multido.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. v)
  • Translator's introduction (p. 1)
  • The Constitution of Time
  • Preamble (p. 21)
  • 1 First Displacement: the time of subsumed being (p. 23)
  • 1.1 Time-as-measure and productive time (p. 23)
  • 1.2 Tautology and composition (p. 30)
  • 1.3 An Umwelt of antagonism (p. 36)
  • 1.4 Displacement, hysteresis, asymmetry, innovation (p. 42)
  • 2 First Construction: collective time A (p. 48)
  • 2.1 Ascesis and ecstasy: analytic of circulation (p. 48)
  • 3 First Construction: collective time B (p. 54)
  • 3.1 Crisis: towards a phenomenology of collective praxis (p. 54)
  • 4 Second Construction: productive time A (p. 64)
  • 4.1 Money, value, nomenclature: between timepiece and war (p. 64)
  • 4.2 Energy: evanescence of space (p. 69)
  • 5 Second Construction: productive time B (p. 71)
  • 5.1 Refusal of work and productive co-operation (p. 71)
  • 5.2 Internal time and external time (p. 77)
  • 6 Third Construction: constitutive time A (p. 82)
  • 6.1 The hard time of the State: information and legitimation (p. 82)
  • 7 Third Construction: constitutive time B (p. 91)
  • 7.1 Time of class struggle: the new institutionality (p. 91)
  • 7.2 Pluralism and dualism: on the logical matrices (p. 97)
  • 7.3 The body and the time of constitution (p. 102)
  • 8 Second Displacement: the time of the revolution W (p. 107)
  • 8.1 The project and death: now-time (Jetzt-Zeit) (p. 107)
  • 8.2 Endogenous processes and exogenous processes: analytic and catastrophe (p. 115)
  • 9 Third Displacement: the time of the revolution Y (p. 120)
  • 9.1 The time machine (p. 120)
  • 9.2 Constitution and class struggle (p. 122)
  • Afterword (p. 127)
  • Kairos, Alma Venus, Multitudo
  • Introduction (p. 139)
  • Kairos (p. 147)
  • Prolegomena (p. 147)
  • The common name (p. 147)
  • The immeasurable (p. 159)
  • The materialist field (p. 169)
  • Alma Venus (p. 181)
  • Prolegomena (p. 181)
  • The common (p. 181)
  • Poverty (p. 194)
  • Love (p. 209)
  • Multitudo (p. 225)
  • Prolegomena (p. 225)
  • Politics (p. 225)
  • Living labour (p. 235)
  • The decision (p. 248)
  • Notes (p. 262)
  • Bibliography (p. 290)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


In Empire, coauthored with Michael Hardt (CH, Oct'00), Negri offered an internationally acclaimed and widely discussed analysis of global capitalism interspersed with long passages of dense and obscure philosophy. In Time for Revolution the reader gets only the philosophy. Negri includes two essays: "The Constitution of Time" (1982, published with a new introduction in 1997) and "Kairos, Alma Venus, Multitudo" (2000). Both essays deal with the problem of agency that has much preoccupied Western Marxism and post-Marxist philosophy. Having jettisoned traditional Marxist doctrine regarding the revolutionary agency of the proletariat and having argued in Empire that no "outside" force capable of challenging global capitalism remains, Negri is defiantly revolutionary and surprisingly optimistic. The philosophy is supposed to provide a "materialist" and "ontological" foundation for this optimism, but it fails to convince. In the end Negri offers only a romantic faith in "the triumph of love that surges up from the multitude of the poor, embodying itself in the singularity" of a revolutionary "decision" by the multitude. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and researchers. R. Hudelson University of Wisconsin--Superior

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Antonio Negri is one of the most significant figures in contemporary political thought. He is the author of several works
Matteo Mandarini, the translator of Time for Revolution, completed a PhD on the ontology of time in Marx and Deleuze, and is now an independent researcher, currently working on a study of Antonio Negri's work

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