David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Critical Horizons 6 (1):239-265 (2005)
This paper develops a genealogical critique of the concepts of biopower and biopolitics in the work of Foucault and Agamben. It shows how Heidegger's reflections on Machenschaft or machination prefigure the concepts of biopower and biopolitics. It develops a critique of Foucault's account of biopolitics as a system of managing the biological life of populations culminating in neo-liberalism, and a critique of Agamben's presentation of biopolitics as the metaphysical foundation of Western political rationality. Foucault's ethical turn within biopolitical governmentality, along with Agamben's messianic gesture towards a utopian community to come, are questioned as political responses to biopower regimes.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Lorenzo Chiesa & Alberto Toscano (eds.) (2009). The Italian Differences: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics. Re.Press.
Stephen Morton & Stephen Bygrave (eds.) (2008). Foucault in an Age of Terror: Essays on Biopolitics and the Defence of Society. Palgrave Macmillan.
Robert Bernasconi (2010). The Policing of Race Mixing: The Place of Biopower Within the History of Racisms. [REVIEW] Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 7 (2):205-216.
John Protevi (2009). The Terri Schiavo Case : Biopolitics, Biopower, and Privacy as Singularity. In Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook & Patrick Hanafin (eds.), Deleuze and Law: Forensic Futures. Palgrave Macmillan.
Alex Houen (2008). Sovereignty, Biopolitics and the Use of Literature : Michel Foucault and Kathy Acker. In Stephen Morton & Stephen Bygrave (eds.), Foucault in an Age of Terror: Essays on Biopolitics and the Defence of Society. Palgrave Macmillan.
Clare Hanson (2008). Biopolitics, Biological Racism and Eugenics. In Stephen Morton & Stephen Bygrave (eds.), Foucault in an Age of Terror: Essays on Biopolitics and the Defence of Society. Palgrave Macmillan.
John Marks (2008). Michel Foucault : Biopolitics and Biology. In Stephen Morton & Stephen Bygrave (eds.), Foucault in an Age of Terror: Essays on Biopolitics and the Defence of Society. Palgrave Macmillan.
Emmanuel Renault (2006). Biopolitics and Social Pathologies. Critical Horizons 7 (1):159-177.
Miguel Vatter (2011). Married Life, Gay Life as a Work of Art, and Eternal Life: Toward a Biopolitical Reading of Benjamin. Philosophy and Rhetoric 44 (4):309-335.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads35 ( #53,347 of 1,102,098 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #28,748 of 1,102,098 )
How can I increase my downloads?