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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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The Dispositifs of Thanatopolitics

The Dispositifs of Thanatopolitics

Improper Writing and Life

(p.31) 2 The Dispositifs of Thanatopolitics
Improper Life

Ttimothy. C. Campbell

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on two of the most important thanatopolitical philosophers: Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito. It poses questions regarding the primary means by which Agamben and Esposito revolutionize the Heideggerian division between proper and improper writing as part of constructing their own vision of the thanatopolitical. The concept of dispositif (apparatus) plays a significant role in some of Agamben’s more recent texts and is consequently linked to this thanatopolitics that emerged out of his extension of Heidegger. Esposito, on the other hand, avoids the subsequent thanatopolitics that resulted from applying an ontological critique of technology, and instead lays the foundation for a politics of life as opposed to a thanatopolitics of death.

Keywords:   Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, improper writing, dispositif, politics of life, thanatopolitics of death

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