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

Benjamin Noys’ brilliant and wide-ranging new book is a timely  reminder that no revolutionary and egalitarian approach to politics and philosophy can afford to overlook the disruptive labour of the negative, or to neglect the active contribution that contradiction and antagonism make to a critique of actually-existing forms of domination on the one hand and a renewal of emancipatory agency on the other.– Peter Hallward, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University

In this bold and highly original book, Benjamin Noys rethinks the role of the negative in both ontology and political practice. His critical revaluations of familiar figures in recent European thought move in surprising new directions; they have forced me to reconsider much that I thought I knew.– Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University

In this original critique of contemporary continental theory, Noys uses a series of incisive readings of leading theoretical figures of affirmationism – Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou – to reveal a profound current of negativity that allows theory to return to its political calling. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with continental theory and its relation to left politics.

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