We, The Multitude. Paolo Virno’s A Grammar of the Multitude is a short book, but it casts a very long shadow. Behind it looms the entire history. que són els textos centrals del filòsof i activista italià Paolo Virno. Els textos .. Si esta ambivalencia -de la multitud- se funda en un núcleo ontológico que. Paolo Virno, Ambivalencia de la multitud: Entre la innovacion y la negativdad ( Buenos Aires: Tinta Limón, ). Matteo Pasquinelli, ‘Immaterial Civil War.

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Notes on Paolo Virno in Buenos Aires

This absence is due in part to the notable recovery, although incomplete, of the institutional legitimacy of the state in Argentina and neighboring countries. Later, he presented his most recent book, Ambivalencia de la multitud The Ambivalence of the Multitudeat the National Library where Virno followed his own argument elaborated in the chapter of that book: At the Latin American School of Social Sciences he dissected the encounter between Foucault and Chomsky focusing on the issue of human nature.

All three events were well attended. Three questions from the audience, made at different moments during his presentations, give a rough idea of the context of these events: It is clear that a problem of discontinuity and repetition exists in movements: Virno expressed his agreement with Rosa Luxembourg: The enemy multtitud the Pharaoh: The whisperings of the many in the Exodus. The Superdome in New Orleans.


The strength of the many: Virno answered that he ambivalenica heard many positive jultitud as well as many negative things viro the progressive governments of South America.

He wants to know more, but believes that: There is an enormous gap between the productive system and the intent to create a political order at the level of that productive process. Our challenge is to translate the diverse forms of the general intellect into spatiality. Without space there is not politics. InCarl Schmitt, a nazi philosopher, presented a challenge about the relations between Theories of State and their anthropological base. In the famous disagreement between Chomsky and Foucault ceChomsky followed the argument of the anarchists, justifying the need to struggle against state hierarchies and capitalism due to their oppression of ambivalenci collective creativity of our species, this capacity being the result of a supposedly universal grammatical structure that is written into our DNA.

Foucault, mltitud discussing the existence of a human nature, considering the concept as a mere epistemological indicator of the changing relations between disciplines at distinct moments of history.

Notes on Paolo Virno in Buenos Aires |

Differing form Chomsky, Virno considers the role of language to be that of opening possibilities for ambivalence.


He takes the work of the Italian viro Gallese on mirror neurons into consideration. These neurons, hypothetically, constitute the physiological base of recognition between like beings.

Virno suggests that the capacity for negation allows one to hide the natural recognition amongst similar being as well as recover it. In this schema, our unchanging aspects are transformed from top to bottom by dee verbal capacity.

His dw —recognizing the escape from a state of nature as impossible— is to take up the concept of the Katechon, which appears in St. Virno, concludes that it is of vital political importance to construct a cautious bridge over the chasm that separates the sciences of matter from the sciences of spirit. This is an invitation to build our own natural history, in a way that can take into account both the evolutionary narratives that explain the invariable aspects of the human species, as well as the historical narrative of the contingencies in which those invariable aspects express themselves.