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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

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

Timothy C. Campbell

Fordham University Press

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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