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Immunitas : the protection and negation of life

Author: Roberto Esposito
Publisher: Cambridge ; Malden MA : Polity, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English edView all editions and formats
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This book by Roberto Esposito - a leading Italian political philosopher - is a highly original exploration of the relationship between human bodies and societies. The original function of law, even before it was codified, was to preserve peaceful cohabitation between people who were exposed to the risk of destructive conflict. Just as the human body's immune system protects the organism from deadly incursions by  Read more...
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Named Person: Roberto Esposito
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roberto Esposito
ISBN: 9780745649139 0745649130 9780745649146 0745649149
OCLC Number: 731901686
Description: vi, 207 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Appropriation: 1. Ius proprium --
2. Violence against violence --
3. Double blood --
4. Legal immunization --
II. The katechon: 1. Sacer and sanctus --
2. The restrainer --
3. Political theology --
4. Theodicy --
III. Compensatio: 1. Immunitary anthropology --
2. The productivity of the negative --
3. The risk of community --
4. The power of the void --
IV. Biopolitics: 1. Incorporations --
2. The pharmakon --
3. Zellenstaat --
4. The governance of life --
V. The Implant: 1. Biophilosophies of immunity --
2. War games --
3. The defeated --
4. Common immunity.
Other Titles: Immunitas.
Responsibility: Roberto Esposito ; translated by Zakiya Hanafi.
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This book by Roberto Esposito - a leading Italian political philosopher - is a highly original exploration of the relationship between human bodies and societies. The original function of law, even before it was codified, was to preserve peaceful cohabitation between people who were exposed to the risk of destructive conflict. Just as the human body's immune system protects the organism from deadly incursions by viruses and other threats, law also ensures the survival of the community in a life-threatening situation. It protects and prolongs life. But the function of law as a form of immunization points to a more disturbing consideration. Like the individual body, the collective body can be immunized from the perceived danger only by allowing a little of what threatens it to enter its protective boundaries. This means that in order to escape the clutches of death, life is forced to incorporate within itself the lethal principle. Starting from this reflection on the nature of immunization, Esposito offers a wide-ranging analysis of contemporary biopolitics. Never more than at present has the demand for immunization come to characterize all aspects of our existence. The more we feel at risk of being infiltrated and infected by foreign elements, the more the life of the individual and society closes off within its protective boundaries, forcing us to choose between a self-destructive outcome and a more radical alternative based on a new conception of community. -- Publisher description.

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