In this episode, John, Emily, and B get down to the brass tacks of an affirmative biopolitics in Roberto Esposito’s book Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy. After exploring what Esposito’s project and method are, generally, the team wonders: Is it Nietzsche-the-ironist (ahem…B) and/or Nietzsche-the-dark-eugencist who offers a more generative analysis of biopolitics’ beginnings? We leave that to the listeners to decide. The team then dives into developing the stakes of an affirmative biopolitics (whatever that means) through the darkest moments of modernity, namely Nazism (with a few digs at Heidegger). Emily rightfully asks where the HELL are all the feminist political thinkers in all of this (tsk tsk Esposito). And John is dismayed by the passing remarks about Mbembe’s work on necropolitics. Our new dream interpretation segment (!) – One or Several Wolves – features an interpretation of a dream involving werewolves and Sara Ahmed. And our Tumblr Friend from Canada wants to know about rice and our use of the word ‘productive’.
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- The book, from University of Minnesota Press
- Esposito’s homepage (in Italian)
- Overview of Esposito’s works from Timothy Campbell
- Esposito lecture “Immunization and Violence” at Occidental College
- Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols
- Review of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks by Peter E. Gordon in the New York Review of Books
4 thoughts on “Ep. 21 – Roberto Esposito, Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy”
how about Sassen’s Expulsions book?
an excellent idea. added to the list, thanks!
my pleasure, be interested in what you folks make of it
we’ve now read and talked about the sassen book – thanks!: https://alwaysalreadypodcast.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/ep-32-saskia-sassen-expulsions-brutality-and-complexity-in-the-global-economy/