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The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory

Benjamin Noys


This book aims to rehabilitate a thinking of negativity within and against the usual forms of contemporary Continental Theory. It identifies and presents an analysis of the dominant tone of ‘affirmationism’ in contemporary theory: the insistence on starting from the affirmation of metaphysical ontologies, the inventive potential of the subject, the necessity for the production of novelty, and a concomitant suspicion of the negative and negativity. Despite all the conflicts and ‘wars’ of contemporary theory, this tone remains an unstated point of unification. Although it was often developed to ... More

Keywords: Negativity, Contemporary Continental Theory, Affirmationism, Capitalism, Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748638635
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Noys, author