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Italian Thought Today
Bio-economy, Human Nature, Christianity

Edited By

Lorenzo Chiesa

ISBN 9781138377639
Published August 23, 2018 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

This collection provides English readers with a critical update on current debates on biopolitics in and around Italian thought. More than a decade after the publication of seminal books such as Agamben’s Homo Sacer and Hardt and Negri’s Empire, the names of, among others, Roberto Esposito, Paolo Virno, Christian Marazzi, and Andrea Fumagalli have recently been brought to the attention of Anglophone scholars and political activists. Several authors have rightly emphasised the evanescent character of biopolitics, and the difficulty in providing a definition of it that could embrace all the conflicting theories of its most celebrated critics and supporters. The present collection is structured around the basic contention that bio-economy, human nature, and Christianity are the three visible contemporary manifestations of the theoretical object/problem of biopolitics in, respectively, Italian post-workerist economics, post-Marxist philosophical anthropology, and post-structuralist ontology.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Lorenzo Chiesa  2. Twenty Theses on Contemporary Capitalism (Cognitive Biocapitalism) Andrea Fumagalli  3. Dyslexia and the Economy Christian Marazzi  4. Hunger, Repletion, and Anxiety Massimo Recalcati  5. The Word and the Flesh: Postworkerism and the Biopolitics of Language in Paolo Virno and Christian Marazzi Pietro Bianchi  6. The Untamed Ontology Davide Tarizzo  7. The Anthropological Meaning of Infinite Regression Paolo Virno  8. Politics and Human Nature Roberto Esposito  9. Affirmative Biopolitics and Human Nature in Franco Basaglia’s Thought Alvise Sforza Tarabochia  10. The Bio-Theo-Politics of Birth Lorenzo Chiesa  11. Angels Giorgio Agamben  12. Divine Management: Critical Remarks on Giorgio Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory Alberto Toscano  13. Giorgio Agamben’s Godless Saints: Saving What Was Not Jelica Šumič  14. Kafka’s Land Surveyor K.: Agamben’s Anti-Muselmann Boštjan Nedoh  15. The Event of Language as Force of Life: Agamben’s Linguistic Vitalism Lorenzo Chiesa Frank Ruda

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Lorenzo Chiesa is Professor of Modern European Thought and co-director of the Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent, UK. His most recent publications include Subjectivity and Otherness (2007), The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics (2009) (co-edited with Alberto Toscano), and the English translation of Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory (2011).