Lecture on biopolitics, presents the philosophical and political dimension of issues related to life (understood as zoe and bios). The subject of the lecture is significantly connected with the history of philosophy, ethics, philosophy of law, sociology of politics and political science.
Examples of issues discussed during the lecture:
Prefiguration of the biopolitics- Plato. The state as a "great man"
I. Biopolitics as a political practice
Basic needs in the perspective of political actions:
The need for shelter, arcitecture, space forming a hierarchy and space in the service of equality, imagined political space,
The need for rest, normalization of work, time, a new type of family
Health and illness
II. The birth of a political body:
Nationalism and ethnonationalism.
Feminism as a social movement
Gender in social space
Reproduction, sex and sexuality as political problems
Eugenics as a political practice
The birth of biopolitics as a political theory. Rudolf Kjellen
III. Philosophical approach to biopolitics
Michel Foucault: reason and madness, disciplinary power, sexuality, territory-population
Giorgio Agamben Politics of life
Antonio Negri, Michael Hardt,
Roberto Esposito Immunology of the political body
Nikolas Rose Contemporary biopower
Gender as a performative category, ethical reproduction, women's work problem
Contemporary bioethical and biopolitical problems. J. Habermas, F. Fukuyama
Type of course
K_W10, student knows the basic concepts, problems, theories and methods of biopolitics.
K_U0, student is able to critically analyze oral and written statements of authors in the field of biopolitics - reconstruct ideas, identify factual and normative assumptions, critically assess the correctness of argumentation.
W_U14 student is able to prepare and deliver an oral presentation (paper) - particularly from the field of biopolitics or related disciplines and sub-disciplines of science.
K_K01, student is ready to critically assess received knowledge and information.
Oral or written test
Permissible number of absences: 2 in a semester
Robert Esposito, Biopolityka (2008); R. Esposito, Pojęcia polityczne (2015); Th. Lemke Biopolityka; Robert Blank, Biology and Political Science (2001); Przewodnik po współczesnej filozofii politycznej red. R.E.Goodwin i in.; W. Kymlicka Współczesna filozofia polityczna; Agamben G., Homo Sacer, Suwerenna władza i nagie życie, (2008)., Arendt, Kondycja ludzka, Arendt H., Korzenie totalitaryzmu (2008), Foucault M., Narodziny biopolityki (2011), Foucault M., Trzeba bronić społeczeństwa, (1998), Franklin S., (red), Remaking Life and Death: Toward an Anthropology of the Biosciences, (2000), Giddens A., Nowoczesność i tożsamość. „Ja” i społeczeństwo w epoce późnej nowoczesności, (2001)
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