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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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Biopolitical Cosmopolitanism

Biopolitical Cosmopolitanism

The Right to Have Rights in Arendt and Agamben

(p.221) 7 Biopolitical Cosmopolitanism
The Republic of the Living

Miguel Vatter

Fordham University Press

This chapter offers a biopolitical interpretation of current theories of universal human rights as they articulate Arendt’s insight according to which human rights take the form of a “right to have rights.” The chapter argues that such a cosmopolitan idea of rights cannot be separated in Arendt and others from her republican understanding of rights and freedom, which are ultimately rooted in the biopolitical categories of natality and plurality.

Keywords:   Arendt, Agamben, Human rights, Cosmopolitanism, Republicanism, Natality

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