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Improper Life: Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben

Timothy C. Campbell


Has biopolitics actually become thanatopolitics, a field of study obsessed with death? Is there something about the nature of biopolitical thought today that makes it impossible to deploy affirmatively? If this is true, what can life-minded thinkers put forward as the merits of biopolitical reflection? These questions drive this intervention. This book argues that a “crypto-thanatopolitics” can be teased out of Heidegger’s critique of technology and that some of the leading scholars of biopolitics—including Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Peter Sloterdijk—have been substantively influenc ... More

Keywords: biopolitics, thanatopolitics, death, crypto-thenatopolitcs, Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Peter Sloterdijk, Sigmund Freud, Gilles Deleuze

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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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Timothy C. Campbell, author

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