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By C. Blencowe

An unique, accomplished interpretation of Michel Foucault's research of biopolitics – situating biopolitics within the context of embodied histories of subjectivity, affective investments and buildings of expertise. Going past lamentation on the horrors of biopolitical domination, the e-book develops a positive-critique of biopolitical event.

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Evidence of such order is found in the total character of the present world, the apparent perfectibility of gradations of difference. With the collapse of representation this horizontal world is shattered. There is a kind of radical temporalisation – a proliferation of contingency, of the possibility of transformation and of the perception of process – in which the present appears as a passing moment. History displaces order as ‘the unavoidable element in our thought’ (Foucault, 1970:219). :251).

Addressing three different human sciences at the same time, the archaeology is concerned with those ‘network[s] of analogies’ and ‘rules of formation’ of knowledge that are common to all three, relating these also to the philosophies of the time (1970:xi). In contrast to the usual approach of historians of science, Foucault claims to operate at the level of the ‘positive unconscious of knowledge’. ). , italics added). The collapse of representation and the insertion of history Foucault insists upon the radical novelty of biology in the nineteenth century.

For example, I found that in order to communicate both the specificity and importance of my interpretation of Foucault’s work I was compelled to provide a negating critique of some alterative positions, so that what is at stake in my own position could be illuminated and the context from which it emerged be explained. Notably I argue (to varying extents) against Agamben’s 32 Biopolitical Experience and Rose’s interpretations of Foucault’s theory of biopolitics and its contemporary applications.

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