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Biopolitics: Biopolitics is concerned with the governance and control of populations, focusing on issues of health, reproduction, and life itself. It explores the intersection of political power and biological life in societies. The term had been introduced by M. Foucault with critical intent.
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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Michel Foucault on Biopolitics - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 833
Biopolitics/MuhleVsAgamben/Foucault: While Agamben's entanglement of biopolitics and sovereign power sees itself as a paradigm of modern politics and as the development of a political rationality - the rationality of exception - Foucault's concept of biopolitics(1) takes into account the fact that the history of political power is always determined by discontinuities and heterogeneous forms of power.
In this sense, a differentiating investigation of the biopolitical mechanisms of power, i.e. their functioning and their objects, as Foucault sees it, provides a better understanding of contemporary forms of power than Agamben's analyses, which can then be followed by a political attitude.
>Power
, >Governance.

1. Vgl. Foucault, Sexualität und Wahrheit, Bd. 1: Der Wille zum Wissen, Frankfurt/M. 1977.

Maria Muhle, „Giorgio Agamben, Homo sacer – Die souveräne Macht und das nackte Leben“, in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Foucault I
M. Foucault
Les mots et les choses: Une archéologie des sciences humaines , Paris 1966 - The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences, New York 1970
German Edition:
Die Ordnung der Dinge. Eine Archäologie der Humanwissenschaften Frankfurt/M. 1994

Foucault II
Michel Foucault
l’Archéologie du savoir, Paris 1969
German Edition:
Archäologie des Wissens Frankfurt/M. 1981

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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