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The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism

The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism

The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism

The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism


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Foucault’s late work on biopolitics and governmentality has established him as the fundamental thinker of contemporary continental political thought and as a privileged source for our current understanding of neoliberalism and its technologies of power. In this volume, an international and interdisciplinary group of Foucault scholars examines his ideas of biopower and biopolitics and their relation to his project of a history of governmentality and to a theory of the subject found in his last courses at the College de France.

Many of the chapters engage critically with the Italian theoretical reception of Foucault. At the same time, the originality of this collection consists in the variety of perspectives and traditions of reception brought to bear upon the problematic connections between biopolitics and governmentality established by Foucault’s last works.

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ISBN-13: 9780823255993
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 04/05/2014
Series: Forms of Living
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
File size: 854 KB

About the Author

Miguel Vatter is Professor of Political Science at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is the editor of Crediting God: Religion and Sovereignty in the Age of Global Capitalism (New York, 2010) and author of The Republic of the Living: Affirmative Biopolitics and Civil Society (New York, 2014). He is a founding member of the biopolitics research network

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Vanessa Lemm and Miguel Vatter

Part I. The Nomos of Neoliberalism
1. The Fourth Age of Security
Fr d ric Gros
2. The Law of the Household: Foucault, Neoliberalism and the Iranian Revolution
Melinda Cooper
3. The Risks of Security: Liberalism, Biopolitics and Fear
Thomas Lemke

Part II. Genealogies of Biopolitics
4. A Genealogy of Biopolitics: The Notion of Life in Canguilhem and Foucault
Maria Muhle
5. Power over Life, Politics of Death: Forms of Resistance to Biopower in Foucault
Francesco Paolo Adorno
6. Identity, Nature, Life: Three Biopolitical Deconstructions
Judith Revel

Part III. Liberalism between Legality and Governmentality
7. From Reason of State to Liberalism: The Coup d' tat as Form of Government
Roberto Nigro
8. Foucault and Rawls: Government and Public Reason
Paul Patton
9. Foucault and Hayek: Republican Law and Liberal Civil Society
Miguel Vatter

Part IV. Philosophy as Ethics and as Embodiment
10. Parrhesia Between East and West: Foucault and Dissidence
Simona Forti
11. The Embodiment of Truth and the Politics of Community: Foucault and the Cynics
Vanessa Lemm

List of Contributors

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