Lecturing in politics and philosophy, Andy Knott works in an interdisciplinary manner, combining political theory, history, and philosophy.
His scholarly interests include post- and neo-Marxism, discourse theory economic forms of ‘identity’, including notions of the multitude, class, and the individual.
Andy Knott lectures in Politics and Philosophy approaching the humanities in an interdisciplinary manner, largely combining political theory, history, and (continental) philosophy.
Andy Knott completed his undergraduate degree in History at Portsmouth, and sat the MA in Cultural & Critical Theory at Brighton. He completed his PhD at the University of Brighton, titled The Multitude and Hegemony and exploring historical uses of the term the multitude, alongside a contemporary consideration of a politics of the multitude, as proposed by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Historical applications of the multitude are considered through the work of Marsilius of Padua, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Spinoza. The contemporary political viability of the multitude considers Gramsci, Laclau, and Hardt and Negri. The project also considers historical shifts in the forms of labour and their impact on politics, largely through the concept of immaterial labour. It also theorises the possibilities for radical democratic politics in the communicative epoch of the twenty-first century.
Andy Knott is interested in the following fields: post-Marxism and discourse theory; neo-Marxism; democratic theory; globalisation; Italian autonomism and operaismo; forms of labour and their implications for politics; economic forms of ‘identity’, including notions of the multitude, class, and the individual.
He is particularly interested in the following theorists: Marsilius of Padua, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Marx, Gramsci, Laclau, Mouffe, and Hardt and Negri.