[SydPhil] UNSW seminar, Tuesday 6 August, Dr Dimitris Vardoulakis, The Unsaveables: Sovereignty and Biopolitics in the 18th Brumaire

Joanne Faulkner j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au
Wed Jul 31 14:59:40 AEST 2013

Date:               Tuesday 6 August
Time:              1 p.m.
Venue:           Morven Brown 310, University of NSW (map reference C20: (1.7MB)<http://www.facilities.unsw.edu.au/Maps/pdf/kensington.pdf>)

Dr Dimitris Vardoulakis (UWS)

The Unsaveables: Sovereignty and Biopolitics in the 18th Brumaire

I approach the 18th Brumaire from a double trajectory. First, I examine its relation to how the exception was thought in the work of Carl Schmitt and Walter Benjamin’s response to it. Second, I analyze the ways in which the rise of Bonaparte to power was carried out through forms of regulating the behaviour of those sections of the population who supported him. A key insight in Marx’s analysis, according my reading, is that every time society is “saved” the circle of power contracts. The question I pose, then, is whether it is possible to identify anyone who is “unsaveable” – in other words, anyone who resists the workings of sovereign power.

Dimitris Vardoulakis is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Western Sydney. His books include the monographs The Doppelganger: Literature’s Philosophy (2010), and Sovereignty and its Other: Toward the Dejustifications of Violence (2013), both with Fordham UP. He is also the editor of the volume Spinoza Now (U of Minnesota P, 2011).

Dr Joanne Faulkner, j.faulkner at unsw.edu.au
Philosophy, School of Humanities and Languages

Dr Joanne Faulkner
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