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Biopolitics and the philosophy of death / Paolo Palladino.

Palladino, Paolo [Browse]
London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
279 pages ; 23 cm
Summary note:
"While the governance of human existence is organised ever-increasingly around life and its potential to proliferate beyond all limits, much critical reflection on the phenomenon is underpinned by considerations about the very negation of life, death. The challenge is to construct an alternative understanding of human existence that is truer to the complexity of the present, biopolitical moment. Palladino responds to the challenge by drawing upon philosophical, historical and sociological modes of inquiry to examine key developments in the history of biomedical understanding of ageing and death. He combines this genealogy with close reflection upon its implications for a critical and effective reading of Foucault's and Deleuze's foundational work on the relationship between life, death and embodied existence. Biopolitics and the Philosophy of Death proposes that the central task of contemporary critical thought is to find ways of coordinating different ways of thinking about molecules, populations and the mortality of the human organism without transforming the notion of life itself into the new transcendent truth that would take the place once occupied by God and Man"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: -- Introduction Chapter 1: Evental figures and questions of method -- Critique between biology and philosophy -- History, genealogy and historical criticism -- Entangled regimes of knowledge Chapter 2: Ageing and the molecular way of life -- Ageing, death and governance -- The trouble with ageing -- Biogerontology and biomedicine -- New bio-political formations -- Biosociality, biogerontology and the mortal organism -- Genealogy and the catalogue of failure Chapter 3: The evolutionary biology of ageing and death -- Weismann, Weismannism and evolutionary biology -- Reading Weismann on ageing and death -- Defining the phenomenon -- Aligning knowledge and power -- The reality of standards and conventions -- From dead ends to founding figures Chapter 4: Molecularizing the biology of ageing and death -- Revisiting the normal and the pathological -- Setting a new programme for gerontology -- The complexities of biological standardization -- Cells, between viruses and cancer -- Coordinating human lives and the life of the cell -- The multiple meanings of the normal and the pathological -- Ageing and the politics of anguish -- Of molecules and organisms Chapter 5: Forging the future -- Re-reading Weismann -- Securing the population -- The business of biogerontology -- Governing the contemporary polity -- Rethinking bio-political governance, rethinking the fate of the mortal organism Chapter 6: Life, death and philosophy -- Foucault, Deleuze and philosophy -- Heidegger, Foucault and the biology of death -- Deleuze between Weismann and Bergson -- The mortal organism and the body without organs -- Weismann and the philosophy of biology -- Weismann, biophilosophy and the philosophy of biology Chapter 7: The arts of living and dying -- Between life and death -- The art of life -- Death, dying and the reproduction of bio-political order -- Life, death and freedom Conclusion Index.
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