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The Republic of the Living: Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society

Miguel Vatter


The aim of this book is to explain what makes the contemporary discourse of biopolitics essential both to the understanding and to the critique of modern civil society, as developed from Hegel and Marx up to Arendt, Foucault and Agamben. The perspective of biopolitics sheds light on the dynamics in liberal and neoliberal governmentality that replace politics by police government, rule of law by governance, action by normalized conduct. These shifts that accompany the rise of liberal civil society are linked to the entrance of human biological life as the new object and subject of politics and ... More

Keywords: Biopolitics, life, natality, neoliberalism, republicanism, civil society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256013
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miguel Vatter, author
University of New South Wales