Roberto Esposito

Biopolitics and Philosophy

Edited by Inna Viriasova & Antonio Calcagno

Subjects: Continental Philosophy, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Political Theory
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy
Hardcover : 9781438470351, 296 pages, July 2018
Paperback : 9781438470344, 296 pages, July 2019

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Table of contents


Introduction: Thinking with Roberto Esposito
Inna Viriasova

Part I: Reading Esposito

1. The Presence and Absence of Origin: Roberto Esposito's Early Interpretation of Giambattista Vico
Alexander U. Bertland

2. Thinking Community
Diane Enns

3. Debt and the Proper in Agamben and Esposito
Greg Bird

4. Against the Conspiracy. Revisiting Life's Vertigo: On Roberto Esposito's Terza persona and Da fuori
Alberto Moreiras

5. Fold of Life: Roberto Esposito on "the Living Person" and Animistic Personhood
Inna Viriasova

6. The Failure of the Political Concept of the Person? A Foucaultian-Arendtian Response to Roberto Esposito
Antonio Calcagno

7. Person and Munus in the Thought of Roberto Esposito
Jonathan Short

8. From Biopolitics to Political Animism: Roberto Esposito's Things
Federico Luisetti

Part II: Applying Esposito

9. The Impolitical Dimension in Jorge Luis Borges's Literature: A Gaze on the Impossible for Politics through Roberto Esposito's Thought
Federico Fridman

10. Internalities of International Relations and the Politics of Externalities: Affirming the Impossibility of IR with Roberto Esposito
Mark F. N. Franke

11. Living Through Catastrophe: Warring Immunities, Dramatization and Counter-Actualization in Wajdi Mouawad's Scorched
Geoffrey Whitehall

12. Becoming Normative: Law, Life, and the Possibility of an Affirmative Biopolitics
Patrick Hanafin


Analyzes key concepts and arguments in the work of one of Europe’s leading philosophers.


One of Europe's leading philosophers, Roberto Esposito has produced a considerable body of work that continues to have a significant impact on political science, sociology, literature, and philosophy. This volume offers both a comprehensive introduction to and critical explanation of Esposito's political thought and key concepts from his oeuvre. The contributors address aspects of his growing corpus such as the impolitical, community, immunity, the impersonal, affirmative biopolitics, justice, life, the third person, and the body. In addition, they highlight Esposito's reading and interpretation of classical political thinkers, including Hobbes, Machiavelli, Vico, Arendt, and Kant. The book explores applications of Esposito's philosophy to issues in international relations, post-colonialism, literature, science, technology, and philosophical and artistic practice, bringing Esposito into dialogue with important social-political concerns.

Inna Viriasova is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Acadia University in Canada and the author of At the Limits of the Political: Affect, Life, Things. Antonio CalcagnoProfessor of Philosophy at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His books include Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy, also published by SUNY Press, and Lived Experience from the Inside Out: Social and Political Philosophy in Edith Stein.


"To my knowledge there are no other books—in Italian or English—that attempt to provide a critical introduction to Esposito's works and an engagement with his works in fields outside of political science and philosophy. This volume is an important first. " — Rhiannon Noel Welch, author of Vital Subjects: Race and Biopolitics in Italy