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Collectively, the 15 essays presented by Marxist theorists Virno and Hardt act as a survey of contemporary Italian radical political theory. The essays critique the culture of postmodernism, analyze the economic and social conditions of contemporary capitalist production, and propose new forms of political theorizing. The editors have added to foun

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'The editors of this inspired volume contend that Italy has become a laboratory for radical politics. If old forms of radicalism have lost their energy and salience, recent ventures on the Italian Left, pursued under conditions of political repression, speak to a variety of movements elsewhere. This book is essential reading for those seeking the revitalization and reconstitution of the Left. The passions of its authors are matched by the reflectiveness of their strategic explorations.' William E Connolly, The Johns Hopkins University

Over the past several decades, Italian revolutionary politics have offered a model for new forms of political thinking. Radical Thought in Italy continues that tradition by providing an original view of the potential for a radical democratic politics today that speaks not only to the Italian situation but also to a broadly international context.

First, the essays settle accounts with the culture of cynicism, opportunism and fear that has come to permeate the Left. They then proceed to analyze the new difficulties and possibilities opened by current economic conditions and the crisis of the welfare state. Finally, the authors propose a series of new concepts that are helpful in rethinking revolution for our times.

Contributors include Giorgio Agamben, Massimo De Carolis, Alisa Del Re, Augusto Illuminati, Maurizio Lazzarato, Antonio Negri, Franco Piperno, Marco Revelli, Rossana Rossanda, Carlo Vercellone and Adelino Zanini.

Paul Virno is an editor of the journal Luogo comune and is author of several books. He was a political prisoner for three years in the early 1980s.

Micheal Hardt is assistant professor of literature at Duke University. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy and coauthor of two books with Antonio Negri: Labor of Dionysus and Empire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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