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The Techne of GivingCinema and the Generous Form of Life$
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Timothy C. Campbell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273256

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273256.001.0001

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Forms of Life in a Milieu of Biopower

Forms of Life in a Milieu of Biopower

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(p.1) 1 Forms of Life in a Milieu of Biopower
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The Techne of Giving
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Timothy C. Campbell

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273256.003.0001

This chapter, the most philosophical of the book, sketches the relation of biopower to fear and violence through a reading of mythic violence as it emerges in Walter Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence.” Reading Adorno as well as Benjamin against himself, the chapter seeks to find in generosity and gratitude a response to biopower’s dependence on and use of fatedness. In place of the negative, tragic biopolitics that characterizes neoliberalism, a more affirmative perspective is proposed that forgoes mastery and holding in favor of non-possession and generosity.

Keywords:   Benjamin, fate, form of life, generosity, Lyotard, Mancus

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