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Terms of the Political: Community, Immunity, Biopolitics presents a decade of thought about the origins and possibilities of political theory from one of contemporary Italy's most prolific and engaging political theorists, Roberto Esposito. He has coined a number of critical concepts in current debates about the past, present, and future of biopolitics-from his work on the implications of the etymological and philosophical kinship of community (communitas) and immunity (immunitas) to his theorizations of the impolitical and the impersonal. Taking on interlocutors from throughout the Western philosophical tradition, from Aristotle and Augustine to Weil, Arendt, Nancy, Foucault, and Agamben, Esposito announces the eclipse of a modern political lexicon-"freedom," "democracy," "sovereignty," and "law"-that, in its attempt to protect human life, has so often produced its opposite (violence, melancholy, and death). Terms of the Political calls for the opening of political thought toward a resignification of these and other operative terms-such as "community," "immunity," "biopolitics," and "the impersonal"-in ways that affirm rather than negate life. An invaluable introduction to the breadth and rigor of Esposito's thought, the book will also welcome readers already familiar with Esposito's characteristic skill in overturning and breaking open the language of politics.

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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. v
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  1. INTRODUCTION: BIOPOLITICS ANDCOMMUNITY IN ROBERTO ESPOSITO
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. THE LAW OF COMMUNITY
  2. pp. 14-26
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  1. MELANCHOLY AND COMMUNITY
  2. pp. 27-36
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  1. IMMUNITARY DEMOCRACY
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. FREEDOM AND IMMUNITY
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. IMMUNIZATION AND VIOLENCE
  2. pp. 57-66
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  1. BIOPOLITICS AND PHILOSOPHY
  2. pp. 67-78
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  1. NAZISM AND US
  2. pp. 79-87
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  1. POLITICS AND HUMAN NATURE
  2. pp. 88-99
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  1. TOTALITARIANISM OR BIOPOLITICS:TOWARD A PHILOSOPHICAL INTERPRETATION OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
  2. pp. 100-111
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  1. TOWARD A PHILOSOPHY OF THE IMPERSONAL
  2. pp. 112-122
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  1. COMMUNITY AND VIOLENCE
  2. pp. 123-134
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 135-144
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 145-152
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823246274
Related ISBN
9780823242641
MARC Record
OCLC
830023536
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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