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Bíos : biopolitics and philosophy

Author: Roberto Esposito
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
Series: Posthumanities, 4.
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"Roberto Esposito is one of the most prolific and important exponents of contemporary Italian political theory. Bíos-his first book to be translated into English-builds on two decades of highly regarded thought, including his thesis that the modern individual-with all of its civil and political rights as well as its moral powers-is an attempt to attain immunity from the contagion of the extraindividual, namely, the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Esposito, Roberto, 1950-
Bíos.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)608578989
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roberto Esposito
ISBN: 9780816649891 0816649898 9780816649907 0816649901
OCLC Number: 181079204
Notes: Originally published: Bios: Biopolitica e filosofia.
Description: xlii, 230 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The enigma of biopolitics --
The paradigm of immunization --
Biopower and biopotentiality --
Thanatopolitics (the cycle of genos) --
The philosophy of Bios.
Series Title: Posthumanities, 4.
Other Titles: Bíos.
Responsibility: Roberto Esposito ; translated and with an introduction by Timothy Campbell.
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"Roberto Esposito is one of the most prolific and important exponents of contemporary Italian political theory. Bíos-his first book to be translated into English-builds on two decades of highly regarded thought, including his thesis that the modern individual-with all of its civil and political rights as well as its moral powers-is an attempt to attain immunity from the contagion of the extraindividual, namely, the community. In Bíos, Esposito applies such a paradigm of immunization to the analysis of the radical transformation of the political into biopolitics. Bíos discusses the origins and meanings of biopolitical discourse, demonstrates why none of the categories of modern political thought is useful for completely grasping the essence of biopolitics, and reconstructs the negative biopolitical core of Nazism. Esposito suggests that the best contemporary response to the current deadly version of biopolitics is to understand what could make up the elements of a positive biopolitics-a politics of life rather than a politics of mastery and negation of life. In his introduction, Timothy Campbell situates Esposito's arguments within American and European thinking on biopolitics. A comprehensive, illuminating, and highly original treatment of a critically important topic, Bíos introduces an English-reading public to a philosophy that will critically impact such wide-ranging current debates as stem cell research, euthanasia, and the war on terrorism."--Publisher description.

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