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Thomas Hobbes and Contemporary Italian Thinkers

Permanent War in Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito and Antonio Negri

Helmisaari Vappu

“The book explores three contemporary Italian interpretations of Thomas Hobbes by Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito and Antonio Negri. They all claim that we live in a state of nature which is a state of war – a civil war, because we live in a world which has no outside. This is contrary to what Hobbes thought of about an ordered society where the sovereign guarantees peace. For the three Italians, sovereignty is on the contrary the prerequisite for waging war in different forms. The three philosophers present alternatives to the sovereigntybased organization of politics. For Agamben, one solution is withdrawal from activity, “inoperativity”. For Esposito, the solution is a community based on non-reciprocal gifts which he claims is the opposite of Hobbes’s state, based on contract. He wants to enable new spaces of the common and sees hope in recent theoretical discussions on the common good. Negri differs from the two others since he, together with Michael Hardt, explores sovereignty which is extended to the global level instead of the nation-states, and its counterpower, multitude.”


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  • Publisher Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta (Helsingin yliopisto)
    Release-year 2020
    Page-count 168
    Language English
    Appearance B5,pehmeäkantinen
    ISBN 9789515134592
    ISSN 2343-273X