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Published: 15 July 2014

416 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823256013

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The Republic of the Living

Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society

Miguel Vatter

A Fordham University Press Publication

Commonalities (FUP)

  • This book analyzes an epochal shift in political discourse in the later twentieth century from the dignity of the person, endowed with inalienable rights, to a new subject of politics: the living specimen, whose life is endowed with sacredness and who demands from politics to be secured and insured.
  • It embraces rather than deplores the possibilities of "biopolitics," the term used by such thinkers as Foucault and Agamben to characterize this shift
  • In this, it is in conversation with such important works of contemporary political theory as the trilogy Bios, Communitas, Identitas, by Roberto Esposito.