Empire's New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri

Empire's New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri

Empire's New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri

Empire's New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri

Synopsis

Since its publication last year, Empire has come to dominate the academic world, stimulating debate and discussion throughout the humanities, social sciences, and into the mainstream media. Empire's New Clothes addresses Empire in all its complexity, that is as a work of legal and political theory that diagnoses our era and urges liberatory action. More precisely, it will set the outlines of the debate as it is emerging around the claims of Empire .

Excerpt

This book was begun well after the end of the Persian Gulf War and completed well before the beginning of the war in Kosovo. the reader should thus situate the argument at the midpoint between those two signal events in the construction of Empire.

-Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire

This collection of critical responses to Empire was first discussed in conversations emerging from panels organized on Empire and on law and globalization at the Law and Society Association Annual Meetings held in Budapest, Hungary, in July of 2001, and at the Critical Legal Conference held at the University of Kent in Canterbury, Great Britain, in early September 2001 (where Antonio Negri took questions via video hookup from Italy). Hence the formation of this collection on Empire crossed the event of September 11.

This volume was sent to the publisher between two other events. On the one hand, the French foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, drew unprecedented applause before the United Nations Security Council on February 14, 2003, when he stated, against the warmongering of the United States, that the "use offeree" against Iraq as part of the U.S. "war on terror" was "not justified at this time." the foreign minister argued: "[i]n the temple of the United Nations, we are the guardians of an ideal, the guardians of a conscience. This onerous responsibility and immense honor…must lead us

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