School of Law

Will Sovereignty Ever Be Deconstructed? Philosophy and Plasticity

3 November 2011

Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Venue: London House Large Common Room, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AB

A lecture by Professor Catherine Malabou, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University


Professor Jane Bennett, Department of Political Science, John Hopkins University and 

Professor Fred Moten, Department of English, Duke University

Chaired by Dr Brenna Bhandar, Queen Mary, University of London

A drinks reception will follow the lecture

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Since the introduction by Foucault of the motif of “biopolitics” in theory, philosophy then has to situate the point where biology and history, the living subject and the political subject meet. This philosophical gesture presents itself as a deconstruction of sovereignty. Still there remains a border, in these political approaches, between two notions of life, and even between two lives: biological life and symbolic life. The persistence of such a hinge is what reintroduces a kind of sovereignty within the political approach to life. To what extent can current biological categories help us to found a new materialism?

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