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Against Ecological Sovereignty
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Against Ecological Sovereignty: Ethics, Biopolitics, and Saving the Natural World

Mick Smith

Abstract

This book presents a passionate defense of radical ecology that speaks directly to current debates concerning the nature, and dangers, of sovereign power. Engaging the work of Bataille, Arendt, Levinas, Nancy, and Agamben, among others, the book reconnects the political critique of sovereign power with ecological considerations, arguing that ethical and political responsibilities for the consequences of our actions do not end with those defined as human. The book turns Agamben’s analysis of sovereignty and biopolitics toward an investigation of ecological concerns. In doing so, it exposes limi ... More

Keywords: radical ecology, sovereign power, Bataille, Arendt, Levinas, Nancy, Agamben, ecological considerations, biopolitics, biopolitical management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816670284
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670284.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mick Smith, author
Associate Professor and Queens National Scholar in the Department of Philosophy