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Politics and Negation: For an Affirmative Philosophy

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2021.04.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Roberto Esposito, Politics and Negation: For an Affirmative Philosophy, Zakiya Hanafi (tr.), Polity, 2019, 237pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781509536627. Reviewed by Gregory Fried, Boston College Who would have dared contradict Johnny Mercer, who sang that You've got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Latch on to the affirmative Don't mess with Mr. In-Between No, don't mess with Mr. In-Between Well, Roberto Esposito has dared to contradict this seemingly prudent advice. In the book, translated fluently from the Italian by Zakiya Hanafi, Esposito argues that the "mess" that the western tradition now finds itself in, both philosophically and politically, is one brought on by a mistaken relation to the negative, most especially by the conception that, in Mercer's words, "You've got to . . . eliminate the negative." Esposito contends that we must learn "the ways of understanding and practicing the 'affirmativity' of... Read More

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