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Improper LifeTechnology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben$
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Timothy C. Campbell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674640

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674640.001.0001

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Divisions of the Proper

Divisions of the Proper

Heidegger, Technology, and the Biopolitical

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(p.1) 1 Divisions of the Proper
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Improper Life
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Ttimothy. C. Campbell

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674640.003.0001

Scholars have attempted to connect Martin Heidegger’s philosophy to a broader movement of contemporary thanatopolitical thought. This chapter illustrates the path of that movement by analyzing two terms that have appeared throughout Heidegger’s thought. First is technē, which has occupied a central place in four of the texts compiled in Parmenides; the second term is biopolitics, which is rarely, if ever, mentioned in connection with Heidegger’s thought. The chapter argues that the conception of contemporary biopolitics is deeply indebted to Heidegger’s ontological discussion of technology. This intersection provides the ground for the thanatopolitical emphasis of biopolitics, which greatly characterizes contemporary political philosophy.

Keywords:   Martin Heidegger, thanatopolitics, technē, biopolitics, Heideggerian technology, political philosophy

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