Law, Community and the Political
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
Series: Nomikoi Critical Legal Thinkers
Roberto Esposito: Law, Community and the Political provides an introduction to this increasingly influential Italian theorist's reconceptualisation of the relationship between law and community. Focusing primarily on Esposito's works Catégories de l’Impolitique, Communitas and Bíos, and Biopolitics and Philosophy, his work, it is argued, is animated by an abiding concern with the question of the political as that which remains unthought in the tradition of modern and contemporary political philosophy. Esposito's fundamental rethinking of the notion of community thereby breaks with the existing framework of political and legal philosophy; critiquing its traditions and, in the process, rethinking the very form of critique. As the first monograph length study of Esposito in English, Roberto Esposito: Law, Community and the Political will be of considerable interest to those with interests in contemporary legal, political and philosophical thought.
Introduction; Chapter 1: Rethinking Community and Law as Genealogy: The mode of critique in Catégories de l’Impolitique; Chapter 4: Catégories de l’Impolitique I: From Schmitt to Canetti; Chapter 3: Catégories de l’Impolitique II: From Canetti to Bataille; Chapter 4: Beyond Genealogy to an Ontology of Actuality: The Rethinking of Community and Law in Communitas; Chapter 5: Communitas. The Origin and Destiny of Community I: Fear, Guilt, Law; Chapter 6: Communitas. The Origin and Destiny of Community II: Ecstacy, Experience, Nihilism; Chapter 7: From Foucault to Merleau-Ponty: The Rethinking of Community and Law in Bíos; Chapter 8: Bíos. Biopolitics and Philosophy I: Biopolitics, Immunization, Biopotentiality; Chapter 9: Bíos. Biopolitics and Philosophy II: From Thanatopolitics to a Philosophy of Bíos; Conclusion