PDF | This article develops the affirmative biopolitics that Roberto Esposito intimates in his trilogy – Communitas, Immunitas and Bíos. The key to this affirmative. Roberto Esposito | Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane . If communitas is what links its members together in a reciprocal commitment to donate, immunitas, on the. Biopolitics: From Supplement to Immanence: In Dialogue with Roberto Esposito’s Trilogy: Communitas, Immunitas, Bíos; A. Kiarina Kordela · Cultural Critique.
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From Supplement to Immanence: In Dialogue with Roberto Esposito’s Trilogy: Kiarina Kordela bio English-speaking readers are now fortunate to have access to all three of Roberto Esposito’s books— Communitas: Biopolitics and Philosophyin “the continuum of immunity and community ,” Esposito both differentiates himself from other theoreticians of biopolitics and “synthesizes Agamben’s negative vision of biopolitics with Hardt and Negri’s notion of the common as signaling” precisely “a new affirmative biopolitics” B, xxix.
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As in all other cases of conceptual pairings, Esposito establishes the continuum between immunity and community both lexically and historically. Lexically or etymologically, the common element of both immunity and immjnitas is ” munus ,” whose meaning is “an office—a task, obligation, duty also in the sense of a gift to be repaid. Yet immunitas “is also a privilege” insofar as it indicates a “difference from the condition [End Page ] of others.
In other words, the continuum between immunity and community is initially set up as a relation of opposition.
Compared to a generality. The most elementary task Esposito undertakes in this trilogy consists in showing that the relation between immunity and community, i,munitas well between the poles of an extensive array of conceptual pairs that range from biology to theology, is in truth not that of opposition but that of, as Esposito occasionally calls it, a “negative dialectic,” not in Adorno’s sense but in the sense of a “self-contradictory” or “antinomic” relation B, On the basis of this self-contradictory intertwining of community and immunity, Esposito grants absolute primacy to immunity over any other explanatory category regarding modern politics, arguing:.
The thesis I would like to advance in this regard is that the category of immunization is so important that it can be taken as the explicative key of the fsposito modern paradigm, not only in conjunction with but even immunitqs than other hermeneutic models, such as those we find in “secularization,” “legitimation,” and “rationalization,” terms that hide or diminish the lexical significance of modernity.
The reason is that, yes, there are echoes in these models, distant with respect to the premodern past, but not of the prospective inversion and the negative power [ potenza rsposito of the negative that juxtaposes directly immunitas and communitas.
As I will show below, this relation, which informs Esposito’s entire methodology and line of argumentation, reflects the logic of supplementarity.
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