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Biopolitics as a Critical Diagnosis1
Biopolitics as a Critical Diagnosis
Frieder Vogelmann

Why include a chapter on ‘biopolitics’ in the Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory? Two reasons seem to speak against it: first, there is not a single work concentrating on ‘biopolitics’ from a canonical Frankfurt School-style critical theorist. In spite of the many disagreements in the debate on ‘biopolitics’, its starting point2 is routinely tracked to Michel Foucault’s conclusion in Le Volonté de Savoir3 that since the late nineteenth century we live in a new era of politics in which ‘the life of the species is waged on its own political strategies’ (Foucault, 1978 [1976], hereafter HS1: 143). The debate on ‘biopolitics’ is still prolific, even though Foucault almost completely ...

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