Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2000 09:10:01 +0200 Subject: Re: biopower: Agamben/Foucault. Catherine Mills wrote: > Hi, > > I have recently been doing some work on biopower, particularly using > Giorgio Agamben's book called 'Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life'. > In the introduction to this book, Agamben claims that Foucault > overemphasises the historical distinction between sovereignty and > biopolitics and goes on to argue that 'the inclusion of bare life > [Aristotle's zoe] constitutes the original - if concealed - nucleus of > sovereign power...the production of the biopolitical body is the original > activity of sovereign power' (p6). Could you explain more exact whast he means by "bare life" and why the book has the title homo sacer? I could be interested to look at the book. Also: Do Agamben draw a link between modern constructivism and biopolitics? > I would be interested to know what > other people who have read this book think of Agamben's critique of > Foucault and of his own arguments regarding biopower, especially around the > generalisation of the exception in modern politics. Thanks Dag Helge M.
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