Flower of the Desert: Giacomo Leopardi's Poetic Ontology by Antonio Negri

By Antonio Negri

A profound meditation on Leopardi's paintings and notion in addition to a reframing and reassertion of Negri's personal philosophical and political undertaking of liberation.

Antonio Negri, considered one of Italy’s so much influential and arguable modern philosophers, bargains during this publication a thorough new interpretation of the nineteenth-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. For Negri, Leopardi isn't the sour, idealistic individualist of traditional literary historical past, yet really a profoundly materialist philosopher who sees human harmony because the merely attainable technique to the catastrophes of heritage and politics. Negri strains Leopardi’s resistance to the transcendental idealism of Kant and Hegel, with its emphasis on reason’s energy to unravel actual antagonisms into summary syntheses, and his slow improvement of a cosmopolitan poetic materialism interested in the confident energy of the mind's eye and its “true illusions.” Like Nietzsche (who favorite him), Leopardi offers a substitute for modernity inside modernity, expressing a strength of rupture and recomposition—a uniquely Italian one—that is as appropriate now because it used to be within the 19th century, and which connects to the speculation of Empire because the political structure of the current that Negri has elaborated in collaboration with Michael Hardt.

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Of course, the work might sometimes illuminate the life – most obviously, in the case of clearly autobiographical texts. 58. R. W. K. Paterson (1971) The Nihilistic Egoist. Max Stirner (Oxford: Oxford University Press for University of Hull), p. 17. 59. Paterson, The Nihilistic Egoist, p. 18. 60. Paterson, The Nihilistic Egoist, p. x. Paterson insists that the concept of ‘ownness’ is to be understood as ‘the self-love and self-assertion of the particular human being who was Max Stirner’. Paterson, The Nihilistic Egoist, p.

After publication the Leipzig Kreisdirektion seized some 250 copies of what was probably a print run of no more than 1000 copies. 31 Der Einzige und sein Eigentum was not a popular success, but it provoked an excited critical reaction, especially from the Left Hegelians who formed one of its central targets. There were significant responses, not least by ‘Szeliga’ who defended Bauerian critical criticism, by Moses Hess (1812–1875) who defended socialism, and by Ludwig Feuerbach (1804–1872) who defended himself.

Beebe published as Max Stirner, The False Principle of Our Education, edited by James J. Martin (Colorado Springs, CO: Ralph Myles, 1967). 26. See Stirner, Kleinere Schriften, pp. 258–268. There is an English translation by Lawrence S. Stepelevich in Lawrence S. ), The Young Hegelians. An Anthology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983), pp. 327, 334. 27. See Stirner, Kleinere Schriften, pp. 269–277. 28. See Stirner, Kleinere Schriften, pp. 278–295. Les mystères de Paris was an enormously popular contemporary novel which combined moralistic social fantasy with a salacious account of the Parisian underworld.

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