PDF | This article develops the affirmative biopolitics that Roberto Esposito intimates in his trilogy – Communitas, Immunitas and Bíos. The key to this affirmative. Roberto Esposito | Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane . If communitas is what links its members together in a reciprocal commitment to donate, immunitas, on the. Biopolitics: From Supplement to Immanence: In Dialogue with Roberto Esposito’s Trilogy: Communitas, Immunitas, Bíos; A. Kiarina Kordela · Cultural Critique.

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The problem must espositi faced through a double level: It is not possible to just turn various deadly practices —or, in an extreme sense, of giving death— into something positive, or not simply to contrast the spread of these practices in the poorest part of the world. Sacer and sanctus 2.

Compared to a generality. English-speaking readers are now fortunate to have access to all three of Roberto Esposito’s books— Communitas: Immunity did not merely strengthen the boundaries of the proper, but did progressively invest the public sphere. From the health sphere to that of biotechnologies, from the ethnic question to the environmental one, jmmunitas only source of political legitimacy nowadays appears to be that of preservation and implementation of life. The original function immunitass law, even before it was codified, was to preserve peaceful cohabitation between people who were exposed to the risk of destructive conflict.

This is nothing but the negative side —as it is an individual subtraction— of a strategy which must eeposito played even within ewposito positive side. The law itself arose in Rome as private law, destined to ratify in a juridically codified shape the originary appropriation of things, and even of certain human beings reduced to the status of things, by those who by force proclaimed themselves as the owners.

Yet immunitas “is also a privilege” insofar as it indicates a “difference from the condition [End Page ] of others.

The power of the void IV. How could we draw its profile? The conflict opened against the project to privatize water, the one concerning the energy sources, or the discussion regarding the exclusive patents owned by pharmaceutical companies, which prevent the spread of low cost medicines to the poorest areas of the planet, they all go in this direction.

That is because, as Immuhitas has perfectly explained, the subjectification [ soggettivazione ], which gives sense to our practices, always passes through a form of subjugation —so that escaping from subjugation always involves an effect of de-subjectification [ desoggettivazione ].


If community refers to something general and open, immunity, or immunization, regards the particularity of a situation defined by its subtraction to a common condition.

It is as if the absolute privilege assigned to the figure of the relation [ relazione, rapporto ] would erase the most relevant content —that is the object itself of the reciprocal exchange— and thus, with it, also its potential political meaning.

I believe not only that it is possible but also that it is necessary. Art and Social Movements: If communitas is what links its members together in a reciprocal commitment to donate, immunitason the contrary, is what unloads from this load and exonerates from this onus [ onere ].

This gives us the chance to bridge the distance between the two extreme interpretations of biopolitics —that is between its deadly and euphoric versions.

However, despite the theoretical fecundity of such a passage, a problem remains unresolved. In this work across the board, which is possible only through a new alliance between national and international policies, between political parties and movements, and between individual and collective subjects, a first point of orientation, that would not simply be theoretical, can be found exactly in the dialectic between community and immunity I have previously mentioned.

How a revolutionary art became official culture: The Protection and Negation of Life.

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Violence against violence 3. The risk of community 4. He is editor of the ‘Teoria e Oggetti’ series published by Liguori and also acts as a philosophy consultant for publishers Einaudi. Book titles OR Journal esposio. The thesis I would like to advance in this regard is that the category of immunization is so important that it can be taken as the explicative key of the entire modern paradigm, not only in conjunction with but even more than other hermeneutic models, such as those we find in “secularization,” “legitimation,” and “rationalization,” terms that hide or diminish the lexical significance of imnunitas.

It is at the end of the Eighties that in France and Italy a discourse immunitas the category of community has been developed. Starting from which presuppositions? View freely available titles: The Origin and Destiny of Community. In the first case the biopolitical regime tends not to move away from the sovereign one, which appears to constitute an internal fold of the former.

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That is on the capability to think, even before acting, within this horizon. This means that in order to escape the clutches of death, life is forced to incorporate within itself the lethal principle. Description This book by Roberto Esposito – a leading Italian political philosopher – is a highly original exploration of the relationship between human bodies and societies.

The Protection and Negation of Life. That is, a discrimination among systems capable of facilitating our collective and individual experience, and apparatuses which, on the contrary, reduce its vital power.

My opinion is that at the very core of the difficulty to politically decline this new notion of community, there is the tendency, led by the theorists of community and particularly by Nancy, to look at community from the point of view of the cum rather than that of the munus. Contact Contact Us Help. Exercises for Rebel Artists: The reason is that, yes, there are echoes in these models, distant with respect to the premodern past, but not of the prospective inversion and the negative power [ potenza ] of the negative that juxtaposes directly immunitas and communitas.

Were the agrarian politics in ancient Rome, or the use of slave bodies in the ancient empires, nothing but forms of biopolitics? This kind of making public of the private has become, together with what we usually call globalization, increasingly intertwined with the inverse phenomenon of the privatization of the public, in a way that seems to exhaust and even exclude from the horizon of possibilities, something like a esposuto good.

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Biopolitics and Philosophyin “the continuum of immunity and community ,” Esposito both differentiates himself from other theoreticians of biopolitics and “synthesizes Agamben’s negative vision of biopolitics with Hardt and Negri’s notion of the common as signaling” precisely “a new affirmative biopolitics” B, xxix. Would you like to ikmunitas to the site? This is the reduction of life to its bare biological matter.