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Second Nature
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These essays collected here, by both eminent and emerging scholars, engage interlocutors from Machiavelli to Arendt. Individually, they contribute compelling readings of important political thinkers and add fresh insights to debates in areas such as environmentalism and human rights. Together, the volume issues a call to think anew about nature, not only as a traditional concept that should be deconstructed or affirmed, but also as a site of human political activity and struggle worthy of sustained theoretical attention.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Politics on the Terrain of Second Nature
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. Chapter 1 Necessity and Fortune:Machiavelli’s Politics of Nature
  2. pp. 26-45
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  1. Chapter 2 Burning the Dead and the Ways of Nature
  2. pp. 46-60
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  1. Chapter 3 Corpses for Kilowatts?: Mourning, Justice,Burial, and the Ends of Humanism
  2. pp. 61-82
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  1. Chapter 4 The “Unnatural Growth of the Natural”:Reconsidering Nature and Artifice in the Context of Biotechnology
  2. pp. 83-103
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  1. Chapter 5 Potentialities of Second Nature: Agamben on Human Rights
  2. pp. 104-126
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  1. Chapter 6 The Utopian Content of Reification: Adorno’s Critical Social Theory of Nature
  2. pp. 127-148
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  1. Chapter 7 From Nature to Matter
  2. pp. 149-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-202
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-216
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