This chapter analyzes the political signification of the idea of life as hunger and engages the deconstruction of “the soveignty of life.” The chapter interprets the meaning of “protection” in Hobbes' Leviathan in relation to the motif of jus necessitatis (the right to be excepted from the criminal law insofar as the imputed deeds are committed for the sake of one's own survival or the integrity of one's own living body). Because life refers to the structural incompleteness of living beings (hunger), any principle concerning the “sovereignty” of life is intrinsically aporetical. In contrast, the affirmation of life as hunger leads to the interruption of “sovereignty,” of any “right” whatsoever over life and of any “property” concerning one's own living body.
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