The crisis of the present moment and the crisis of contemporary theory

Noys, B. (2023) The crisis of the present moment and the crisis of contemporary theory. South Atlantic Quarterly, 123 (1). ISSN 0038-2876 (In Press)

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Contemporary theory is experiencing a crisis in grasping the present moment. Various orientations of theory remain divided between positing a fundamental rift or moment of negativity in the past and positing the need to invent or imagine a utopian future. In both cases these gestures are aimed at addressing a present that is regarded as destitute or otherwise lacking. The matrix for this division between past rift and inventive future leaving a destitute present is traced through the influence of Heidegger and, especially, Nietzsche. As a result, contemporary theory inherits a reactionary model of crisis that disables its understanding of the present. Instead, the current moment of crisis and stagnation needs to be critically understood as a result of historical trends and with pathways beyond crisis to an equitable future. This current crisis is characterized by drawing, critically, on the work of Mario Tronti, which suggests the scattered nature of struggles in the present disperses critical knowledge. The result is not only capitalist crisis, but also a crisis of temporality and historical sense that is reflected in the impasses of contemporary theory.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: crisis, future, theory, Nietzsche, Tronti
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > English and Creative Writing
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Depositing User: Benjamin Noys
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2023 11:31
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2023 11:31

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