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Power and the Multitude
Benedict Spinoza (1634–1677) is feted as the philosopher par excellence of the popular democratic multitude by Antonio Negri and others. But Spinoza himself expresses a marked ambivalence about theExpand
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The Importance of Being Useless: A Cross-Cultural Contribution to the New Materialisms from Zhuangzi
The recent ‘material turn’ focuses on materiality in two distinctive ways: one, by including nonhuman agencies, another, by mining indigenous knowledges for alternative conceptions of agency andExpand
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Theorizing the Ideal Sovereign: The Rise and Fall of the French Vernacular Royal Biography (review)
expansion, meme dans des domaines ou Ton peine a imaginer qu'ils puissent y etre transplants, comme la justice. De fait, l'introduction progressive d'un droit composite de la gouvernance publique estExpand
Affect Matters: Strolling through Heterological Ecologies
The recent “materialist turn” stresses the fundamental role of nonhumans in the constitution of humans’ social and political life and argues that the inability to grasp their importance doomsExpand
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Critique of imperial reason: Lessons from the Zhuangzi
It has often been said that the Zhuangzi 莊子 advocates political abstention, and that its putative skepticism prevents it from contributing in any meaningful way to political thinking: at best theExpand
Responsiveness as a Gauge of Power
The seventeenth century Dutch philosopher Benedict de Spinoza conceives of power as a capacity of bodies for affecting, and being affected by, other bodies. While this is in part a theory of power asExpand
Uses and Abuses of Powers: Foucault Contra Spinoza
Michel Foucault’s genealogies of discipline have radically changed the way we conceive of power. Power does not just press down upon us from an external, occasional source, but is reproduced throughExpand
Zhuangzi's critique of imperial reason