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Biopolitics and Temporality in Arendt and Foucault

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Braun, Kathrin

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Abstract The article demonstrates that Hannah Arendt's examination of modern temporality strongly intersects with Michel Foucault's diagnosis of modern biopolitics. Both observe three key features of biopolitical modernity: the political zoefication of life, a technocratic understanding of politics, and processual temporality which link the project of modernity to the project of 20th-century totalitarianism. Arendt, however, also offers an alternative, nonbiopolitical understanding of politics, life, and time captured in the concept of natality. Built into the concept of natality is the ‘weakly’ messianic temporal structure of the interval as opposed to processual temporality.
Classification Political Science; Philosophy, Ethics, Religion
Free Keywords Arendt; biopolitics; Foucault; messianic time; modernity; natality; temporality;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 5-23
Journal Time & Society, 16 (2007) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961463X07074099
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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