Biopolitical Experience: Foucault, Power and Positive by C. Blencowe

By C. Blencowe

An unique, entire 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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Benjamin’s redeployment of Bergson’s conception of creativity implies the reassertion of the value of difference in itself in the form of the intrinsic creativity of everyone’s impetus and capacity to constitute a difference ... in themselves, their environment and other people. It is a call not for love, spiritual renewal and heroic mysticism but for ethics, the politicisation of art and anarcho-communism. Benjamin, Foucault and the historical production of life Benjamin’s analysis opens up the problematic of experience as historical and plural.

Benjamin strives for an anarcho-communism, in which power is perpetually shifting and monopolies are impossible, which would be allied to a radical pluralization and politicisation (making contested) of perspectives. ). Again there is a strong resonance between Benjamin’s approach to the politics of life and Foucault’s. Foucault can be seen to be engaged in an effort to neither negate nor affirm but to pluralize politics of life through the work of genealogy and positive critique, whilst his thought is certainly orientated towards a work upon the conditions, the political economy, of life rather than its specification, definition or defence.

It is, as such, a part of the refiguration of history, duration, and experience, transforming the possibilities of affective investment and reason, politicising the present. Crucially for the understanding of Foucault’s work on biopolitics, we will see that death and fragmentation are internal to this trans-organic biological life. In The Order of Things Foucault sets out ‘an archaeology of the human sciences’: of philology, political economy and biology ([1966] 1970). The study details the emergence of these three disciplines at the start of the nineteenth century in Europe, setting them in contrast to their ‘equivalent’ knowledges in the previous period.

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