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Forms of Life: Aesthetics and Biopolitics in German Culture

Andreas Gailus

Abstract

This book argues that the neglect of aesthetics in most contemporary theories of biopolitics has resulted in an overly restricted conception of life. The book insists we need a more flexible notion of life: one attuned to the interplay and conflict between its many dimensions and forms. The book develops such a notion through the meticulous study of works by Kant, Goethe, Kleist, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Benn, Musil, and others. It shows that the modern conception of “life” as a generative, organizing force internal to living beings emerged in the last decades of the eighteenth century in biol ... More

Keywords: biopolitics, aesthetics, life, vitalism, biographical systems, biological systems, ethical systems, political systems, aesthetic systems, psychical systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749803
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749803.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Gailus, author
University of Michigan

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