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The Republic of the LivingBiopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society$
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Miguel Vatter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256013

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256013.001.0001

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The Heroism of Sexuality in Benjamin and Foucault

The Heroism of Sexuality in Benjamin and Foucault

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The Republic of the Living

Miguel Vatter

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the biopolitics of marriage and sexuality in civil society from Benjamin to Foucault. The category of bare life is at stake in marriage, sexuality, and natality. The chapter argues that an affirmative politics of life needs to address the social organization of the reproduction of species life, as well as its connection with the social reproduction of capital.

Keywords:   Benjamin, Foucault, Marriage, Sexuality, Dyonisian mysteries, Lyric poetry, Capitalism

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