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    A Thousand Healths: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Possibility of Democratic Biopolitics.Sergei Prozorov - 2018 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 44 (10):1090-1109.
    This article addresses the relationship between ontology and politics in Jean-Luc Nancy’s theory of democracy by probing the implications of his latest ontological innovation, the concept of struction. We argue that Nancy’s democracy is a mode of politics that makes the radical pluralism of struction legitimate, opening and guarding a political space for the coexistence of the incommensurable. From this perspective, and despite Nancy’s own skepticism about the concept of biopolitics, the notion of struction opens a pathway for theorizing democracy (...)
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  2. Why Giorgio Agamben is an Optimist.Sergei Prozorov - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (9):1053-1073.
    The article takes Giorgio Agamben’s declaration of his optimism with regard to the possibilities of global political transformation as a point of departure for the inquiry into the affirmative aspects of Agamben’s political thought, frequently overshadowed by his more famous critical claims. We reconstitute three principles grounding Agamben’s optimism that pertain respectively to the total crisis of the contemporary biopolitical apparatuses, the possibility of a radically different form-of-life on the basis of their residue and the minimalist character of this transformation (...)
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    Foucault’s Affirmative Biopolitics: Cynic Parrhesia and the Biopower of the Powerless.Sergei Prozorov - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (6):801-823.
    While Foucault’s work on biopolitics continues to inspire diverse studies in a variety of disciplines, it has largely been missing from the debates on the possibility of “affirmative biopolitics” which have been primarily influenced by the work of Agamben and Esposito. This article restores Foucault’s work to these debates, proposing that his final lecture course at the Collège de France in 1983–1984 developed a paradigm of affirmative biopolitics in the reading of the Cynic practice of truth-telling. The Cynic problematization of (...)
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    Living À la Mode: Form-of-Life and Democratic Biopolitics in Giorgio Agamben’s The Use of Bodies.Sergei Prozorov - 2017 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (2):144-163.
    The publication of The Use of Bodies, the final volume in Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer series, makes it possible to take stock of Agamben’s project as a whole. Having started with a powerful critique of the biopolitical sovereignty as the essence of modern politics, Agamben concludes his project with an affirmative vision of inoperative politics of form-of-life, in which life is not negated or sacrificed to the privileged form it must attain, but rather remains inseparable from the form that does (...)
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    Democracy, Critique and the Ontological Turn.Mihaela Mihai, Lois McNay, Oliver Marchart, Aletta Norval, Vassilios Paipais, Sergei Prozorov & Mathias Thaler - 2017 - Contemporary Political Theory 16 (4):501-531.
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    Russian Postcommunism and the End of History.Sergei Prozorov - 2008 - Studies in East European Thought 60 (3):207 - 230.
    The article ventures a reading of Russian postcommunist politics from the perspective of the messianic turn in continental political philosophy, specifically Giorgio Agamben’s conception of the ‘end of history’. Taking its point of departure from a retrospective construction in the Russian political discourse of the 1990s as a period of ‘timelessness’, the paper argues that postcommunism may indeed be viewed as a paradoxical ‘time out of time’, a rupture in the ordinary temporality that entirely dispenses with the teleological horizon of (...)
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    The Katechon in the Age of Biopolitical Nihilism.Sergei Prozorov - 2012 - Continental Philosophy Review 45 (4):483-503.
    The article addresses the ‘messianic turn’ in contemporary continental philosophy, focusing on the concept of the katechon as the restraining force that delays the advent of the Antichrist in the Second Letter to the Thessalonians. While Carl Schmitt held the passage on the katechon to ground the Christian doctrine of state power, Giorgio Agamben’s reading of Pauline messianism rather posits the ‘removal’ of the katechon as the pathway for messianic redemption. In our argument, the significance of this text goes beyond (...)
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  8. The Appropriation of Abandonment: Giorgio Agamben on the State of Nature and the Political. [REVIEW]Sergei Prozorov - 2009 - Continental Philosophy Review 42 (3):327-353.
    The paper addresses Giorgio Agamben’s affirmation of post-sovereign politics by analyzing his critical engagement with the Hobbesian problematic of the state of nature. Radicalizing Carl Schmitt’s criticism of Hobbes, Agamben deconstructs the distinction between the state of nature and the civil order of the Commonwealth by demonstrating the ‘inclusive exclusion’ of the former within the latter in the manner of the state of exception, which functions as a negative foundation of any positive order. Since the state of nature is no (...)
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  9. The Unrequited Love of Power: Biopolitical Investment and the Refusal of Care.Sergei Prozorov - 2007 - Foucault Studies 4:53-77.
    Despite its increasing prominence in critical political and IR theory, the significance of the Foucauldian problematic of biopolitics remains underestimated. The frequent conflation of paradigmatically distinct sovereign and biopolitical forms of power, inspired by influential readings of Agamben and Hardt and Negri, results in increasingly incoherent applications of the concept of biopolitics. This is particularly evident in the attempts to theorise resistance to bio-power, which remains cast in conventional 'emancipatory' terms of resisting transcendent and exterior power. Critically engaging with Hardt (...)
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    Ethos Without Nomos: The Russian–Georgian War and the Post-Soviet State of Exception.Sergei Prozorov - 2010 - Ethics and Global Politics 3 (4):255-275.
    This paper addresses the 2008 Russian-Georgian conflict in the context of the post-Soviet spatial order, approached in terms of Carl Schmitt’s theory of nomos and Giorgio Agamben’s theory of the state of exception. The ‘five-day war’ was the first instance of the violation by Russia of the integrity of the post-Soviet spatial order established in the Belovezha treaties of December 1991. While from the beginning of the postcommunist period Russia functioned as the restraining force in the post- Soviet realm, the (...)
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    Foucault and Soviet Biopolitics.Sergei Prozorov - 2014 - History of the Human Sciences 27 (5):6-25.
    The article addresses the puzzling silence of the Foucaldian studies of biopolitics about Soviet socialism by revisiting Foucault’s own account of socialism in his 1970s work, particularly his 1975–6 course ‘Society Must Be Defended’. Foucault repeatedly denied the existence of an autonomous governmentality in socialism, demonstrating its dependence on the techniques of government developed in 19th-century western Europe. For Foucault Soviet socialism was fundamentally identical to its ideological antagonist in its biopolitical rationality, which he defined in terms of racism. This (...)
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  12. Foucault, Freedom And Sovereignty. [REVIEW]Sergei Prozorov - 2008 - Foucault Studies:123-127.
     
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  13. Giorgio Agamben and the End of History: Inoperative Praxis and the Interruption of the Dialectic.Sergei Prozorov - 2009 - European Journal of Social Theory 12 (4):523-542.
    The article presents a conception of the end of history, developed on the basis of Giorgio Agamben’s critical engagement with Alexandre Kojève’s reading of Hegel. Departing from Agamben’s concept of inoperosity as an originary feature of the human condition, we argue that the proper or ‘second’ end of history consists not in the fulfilment of its dialectical process but rather in the radical interruption of the dialectic that terminates the teleological dimension of social praxis. Introducing the figure of the ‘workless (...)
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    Is World Politics a World Away?Sergei Prozorov - 2011 - Contemporary Political Theory 10 (2):286-310.
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    The limits of subtractive politics: Agamben and Rousseau’s inheritance.Sergei Prozorov - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-21.
    The article critically engages with Giorgio Agamben’s reading of Rousseau in order to explore the affinities between the two authors’ subtractive approach to political subjectivation. In The Kingdom and the Glory. Agamben argues that Rousseau’s Social Contract reproduces, in a secularized manner, the providential paradigm of government, whose origins Agamben finds in early Christianity. This paradigm establishes a fictitious articulation between transcendent sovereignty and immanent government, presenting particular acts of government as emanating from general divine laws. We shall demonstrate that (...)
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  16. The Routledge Handbook of Biopolitics.Sergei Prozorov & Simona Rentea (eds.) - 2016
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    What is the ‘World’ in World Politics? Heidegger, Badiou and Void Universalism.Sergei Prozorov - 2013 - Contemporary Political Theory 12 (2):102-122.
    This article addresses the ontological presuppositions of the discourse on world politics in political and international relations theory. We argue that the ambivalent status of world politics is due to the understanding of its central concept, that is, the world, in terms of totality or ‘the whole’. Drawing on Alain Badiou's set-theoretical ontology, this article demonstrates that such a concept is logically inconsistent, which leads the discourse on world politics to a perpetual oscillation between the presupposition of a universal totality (...)
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    Why is There Truth? Foucault in the Age of Post‐Truth Politics.Sergei Prozorov - 2019 - Constellations 26 (1):18-30.