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This chapter takes up recent theories of “Life” as revolutionary excess, probing the origins of the vitalist turn to a Foucauldian “savage ontology.” According to Noys, both academic theorists and anarchist practitioners of vitalism share a common genesis in their rejection of the Hegelian “synthesis,” and their valorization of the power of a Nietzschean vitalism. Using the work of Mikhail Bakunin, Max Stirner, and Renzo Novatore to situate the development of our contemporary “savage ontology,” Noys then turns to a consideration of Deleuze via Alain Badiou to demonstrate that the classical insurrectionalist models are being resurrected in French philosophy’s re-tooling...

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