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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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Barely Breathing

Barely Breathing

Sloterdijk’s Immunitary Biopolitics

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Improper Life

Ttimothy. C. Campbell

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter is concerned with Peter Sloterdijk’s Heideggerian perspective on developments in biotechnology, which he deems as not only a form of justifying biotechnological “improvements” in humanity but a way of offering wide-ranging explanation of biotechnology presented in a media-logical key. The chapter cites three of Sloterdijk’s texts where he continuously draws upon Heidegger’s reading of technology. The first text is Die letzte Kugel, wherein Sloterdijk adopts a Heideggerian perspective on globalization. The second, Terror from the Air, talks about how separation and its thanatopolitical effects are perceived through a notion of environment and “atmosphere.” The final work, Rage and Time, discusses how thanatopolitics grows out of an impolitical perspective on rage.

Keywords:   Peter Sloterdijk, biotechnology, biopolitics, Die letzte Kugel, Terror from the Air, Rage and Time

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