From bare life to eternal life: Response to Morejón, Ricciardi, and Fenves: Response to Morejón, Ricciardi, and Fenves

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Abstract

This response discusses the possibility of an affirmative biopolitics based on a materialist and atheist idea of eternal life in light of some of the challenges raised by the critiques of Morejón, Ricciardi, and Fenves. The first challenge concerns whether an affirmative biopolitics is at all possible given that biopolitics contains as an immanent possibility a racial politics that leads to a "necropolitics" (Mbembe). The second challenge concerns the political character of Italian theory, especially in Agamben, and its relation to communism and republicanism. The third challenge concerns the applicability of recent cosmological speculations for the purpose of joining messianism and historical materialism in Benjamin's thought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-581
Number of pages17
JournalPHILOSOPHY TODAY
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cosmology
  • Form-of-life
  • Messianic marxism
  • Species-life
  • Thanatopolitics

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