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Roberto Esposito

Law, Community and the Political, 1st Edition

By Peter Langford


240 pages

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Roberto Esposito: Law, Community and the Political provides a critical legal introduction to this increasingly influential Italian theorist’s work, by focusing on Esposito’s reconceptualisation of the relationship between law, community and the political. The analysis concentrates primarily on Esposito’s Catégories de l’Impolitique, Communitas, Immunitas and Bíos, which, it is argued, are animated by an abiding concern with the position of critique in relation to the tradition of modern and contemporary legal and political philosophy.

Esposito’s fundamental rethinking of these notions breaks with the existing framework of political and legal philosophy, through the critique of its underlying presuppositions. And, in the process, Esposito rethinks the very form of critique. As the first monograph-length study of Esposito in English, Roberto Esposito: Law, Community and the Political will be of considerable interest to those working in the areas of contemporary legal and political thought and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1: Rethinking Community and Law as Genealogy: The mode of critique in Catégories de l’Impolitique; Chapter 4: Catégories de l’Impolitique I: From Schmitt to Canetti; Chapter 3: Catégories de l’Impolitique II: From Canetti to Bataille; Chapter 4: Beyond Genealogy to an Ontology of Actuality: The Rethinking of Community and Law in Communitas; Chapter 5: Communitas. The Origin and Destiny of Community I: Fear, Guilt, Law; Chapter 6: Communitas. The Origin and Destiny of Community II: Ecstacy, Experience, Nihilism; Chapter 7: From Foucault to Merleau-Ponty: The Rethinking of Community and Law in Bíos; Chapter 8: Bíos. Biopolitics and Philosophy I: Biopolitics, Immunization, Biopotentiality; Chapter 9: Bíos. Biopolitics and Philosophy II: From Thanatopolitics to a Philosophy of Bíos; Conclusion

About the Series

Nomikoi: Critical Legal Thinkers

Nomikoi: Critical Legal Thinkers presents analyses of key critical theorists who have written on law and contributed significantly to the development of the new interdisciplinary legal studies. Addressing those who have most influenced legal thought and thought about law, the aim of the series is to bring legal scholarship, the social sciences and the humanities into a closer dialogue.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Judicial Power
PHILOSOPHY / Political