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Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben: From Biopolitics to Political Romanticism

Author(s): Federico Luisetti

Journal: Journal of Philosophy of Life
ISSN 2185-4505

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 49;
Date: 2011;
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Giorgio Agamben’s politics of life intertwines two diverging traditions of philosophical thought: Michel Foucault’s biopolitics and Carl Schmitt’s political philosophy. With the help of Carl Schmitt’s concept of “political romanticism,” I interpret Agamben’s strategy as an attempt to introduce a bio-aesthetics of political vitality. Moreover, I situate Agamben’s politics of life in opposition to Schmitt’s biopolitics.

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