Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Immanence and from below

I'm working on this review of Hardt and Negri's Commonwealth, and in such a review you end up way more material than can go into a review. So probably for the rest of this week, and some of next week you will see several random posts on stuff that isn't going into the review.

So, random observation: I'm really annoyed by the authors claims on one hand to working within the framework of immanence, and then on the other hand, they constantly talk about stuff "from below." Clearly this isn't a big deal, but those concepts terminology, at the minimum, has some tension. Now I understand, one set has to do with a lack of metaphysics of hierarchy in ontology, and the from below refers to the hierarchy of material and social conditions. Still, annoying.