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Ontological constructivism : Negri and the philosophical foundations of a future communism

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dc.contributor.author Andrews, Chad. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-16T15:45:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-16T15:45:57Z
dc.date.issued 2009-02-16T15:45:57Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/2911
dc.description.abstract As we find in Empire and Multitude, Antonio Negri's political project IS a thoroughly Marxist analysis and critique of global or late capitalism. By modifying and updating Marx's conceptual tools, he is able to provide a clear account of capitalism's processes, its expanding reach, and the revolutionary potential that functions as its motor. By turning to Negri's philosophical works, however, we find that this political analysis is founded on a series of concepts and theoretical positions. This paper attempts to clarify this theoretical foundation, highlighting in particular what I term "ontological constructivism" - Negri's radical reworking of traditional ontology. Opposing the long history of transcendence in epistemology and metaphysics (one that stretches from Plato to Kant), this reworked ontological perspective positions individuals - not god or some other transcendent source - as the primary agents responsible for molding the ontological landscape. Combined with his understanding of kairos (subjective, immeasurable time), ontological constructivism lays the groundwork for opposing transcendence and rethinking contemporary politics. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Communism. en_US
dc.subject Ontology. en_US
dc.subject Constructivism (Philosophy) en_US
dc.subject Political science--Philosophy. en_US
dc.title Ontological constructivism : Negri and the philosophical foundations of a future communism en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Philsophy en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Humanitities en_US


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