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Agamben and Radical Politics$
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Daniel McLoughlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402637

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402637.001.0001

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Agamben, Badiou and Affirmative Biopolitics

Agamben, Badiou and Affirmative Biopolitics

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(p.165) 8 Agamben, Badiou and Affirmative Biopolitics
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Agamben and Radical Politics
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Sergei Prozorov

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402637.003.0008

This Chapter argues that the thought of Badiou and Agamben is much closer than most people, including themselves, recognise. Prozorov shows that there is a striking similarity between Badiou’s concept of the body of truth and Agamben’s notion of the form-of-life and that, despite their manifold differences, the two thinkers are united by the attempt to rethink politics on the basis of the brute facticity of being. The chapter concludes by arguing that, while Badiou has shown little interest in the problematic of biopolitics, his militant ‘politics of truth’ is nonetheless a version of the ‘affirmative biopolitics’ that Agamben has painstakingly developed.

Keywords:   Agamben, Badiou, biopolitics, form-of-life, Saint Paul

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