Living Thought by Esposito reviewed

Stuart Elden points to an interesting review at NDPR of Esposito’s recent book Living Thought.

There are some striking passages in the review, which mark the book out as provocatively interesting:

Turning Deleuze’s judgment of Italian philosophy upside down, Esposito sees it as being intrinsically geophilosophical since it developed within a geographical space that only took the shape of a nation much later than most other European countries. Rather than an indication of backwardness, the absence of a unified national context now becomes one of the motives for the international resonance of Italian thought.

And perhaps of particular interest to colleagues interested in non-representational theories:

According to Esposito, the major traditions feeding contemporary thought — Anglo-Saxon analytical philosophy, French deconstruction, German critical theory and hermeneutics — albeit seemingly opposed to each other, all share the same transcendental horizon that assigns a dominant role to language. It is precisely through its tight connection with the sphere of language that philosophical experience appears today to wear itself out in the negation of its own ambitions. The possibility of breaking the current deadlock and developing an affirmative thought thus implies questioning the transcendental primacy of language.

The book appears to be a rather forceful acclamation of (Esposito’s version of) Italian philosophy, no doubt with Esposito himself at its contemporary vanguard. Should make for interesting reading!

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