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Biopolitics and the Philosophy of Death (Hardcover) (Paolo Palladino)
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Biopolitics and the Philosophy of Death examines how to best make sense of the present, biopolitical moment. Providing a genealogy of contemporary debates about the biology of ageing and the renewed quest for immortality, Palladino reflects upon Michel Foucault's and Gilles Deleuze's work on the relationship between life, death and embodied existence. He confronts the different ways of thinking about molecules, populations and the fate of the mortal organism, without transforming the notion of life itself into the new transcendent truth that would take the place once occupied by God and Man.
Focusing on the methodological issues involved and confronting our understanding of ageing, both as a biological phenomenon and the consequent proposals for the future action,Death and Ageing presents a critical reflection on the implications of the existing bio- and socio-political situation for philosophical considerations of the relationship between life, death and human existence.