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Roberto Esposito
Biopolitics and Philosophy
Roberto Esposito
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Inna Viriasova - Editor
Antonio Calcagno - Editor
SUNY series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy
Price: $90.00 
Hardcover - 288 pages
Release Date: July 2018
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7035-1



Analyzes key concepts and arguments in the work of one of Europe’s leading philosophers.

One of Europe’s leading philosophers, Roberto Esposito has produced a considerable body of work that continues to have a significant impact on political science, sociology, literature, and philosophy. This volume offers both a comprehensive introduction to and critical explanation of Esposito’s political thought and key concepts from his oeuvre. The contributors address aspects of his growing corpus such as the impolitical, community, immunity, the impersonal, affirmative biopolitics, justice, life, the third person, and the body. In addition, they highlight Esposito’s reading and interpretation of classical political thinkers, including Hobbes, Machiavelli, Vico, Arendt, and Kant. The book explores applications of Esposito’s philosophy to issues in international relations, post-colonialism, literature, science, technology, and philosophical and artistic practice, bringing Esposito into dialogue with important social-political concerns.

“To my knowledge there are no other books—in Italian or English—that attempt to provide a critical introduction to Esposito’s works and an engagement with his works in fields outside of political science and philosophy. This volume is an important first.” — Rhiannon Noel Welch, author of Vital Subjects: Race and Biopolitics in Italy

Inna Viriasova is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Acadia University in Canada. Antonio Calcagno is Professor of Philosophy at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His books include Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy, also published by SUNY Press, and Lived Experience from the Inside Out: Social and Political Philosophy in Edith Stein.

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