This post contained an draft version of a dissertation section. A more recent version is now available on the works page.
Talk given November 19, at the University of Pittsburgh.
Short Description: Hardt decided that after the completion of the third book in the “trilogy” of Empire – Multitude – Commonwealth, he’s finally in a place where he can reflect on the whole series. He proposes two general frameworks to understand the trilogy as a general project: 1) a non-liberal theory of plurality and 2) a project of rethinking communism. His remarks are well-considered and concise, making this the words of a mature perspective on almost 15 years of collaborative scholarship.
The recording is hard to hear, especially during the Q/A. The clicking you hear is my note-taking. I tried to clean all of it out, but unfortunately there’s no way to really get rid of it. (I have the original if someone else wants to take a crack at audio editing)
My notes are pasted below. However, wordpress doesn’t format them correctly, so if you want to read them “laid out” you should download this pdf. [I’ve included the paste here for more-or-less websearch and crawling].