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Kakuk P. (ed) Bioethics and Biopolitics. Advancing Global Bioethics, vol 8. Springer, Cham, 2017

This volume links three different theoretical approaches that have a common focus on the relationship between biopolitics and bioethics. This collection of papers can be categorized into different domains that are representative of the contemporary usage of biopolitics as a concept. On the one hand, several chapters develop a clear and up-to-date understanding of the primary sources of the concept and related theories of Agamben, Negri or Foucault and approach the question of relevance within the field of bioethics. Another group of papers apply the philosophical concepts and theories of biopolitics (biopower, Homo Sacer, biocitizenship) on very specific currently debated bioethical issues. Some scholars rely on the more mundane understanding of (bio)politics and investigate how its relationship with bioethics could be philosophically conceptualized. Additionally, this work also contains papers that follow a more legally oriented analysis on the effects of contemporary biopolitics on human rights and European law.

The authors are philosophers, legal scholars or bioethicists. The major strength of this volume is to provide the reader with major insights and orientation in these different contemporary usages of the concept and theories of biopolitics, within the context of its various ethically relevant applications.

Contents

Biopolitics and Biopower: The Foucauldian Approach and Its Contemporary Relevance
Takács, Ádám

From Biopower to Empower – How to Get Plump, or Why Do We Choose What We Choose?
Devisch, Ignaas

Biological or Democratic Citizenship
Árnason, Vilhjálmur

Chronic Disorders of Consciousness and Homo Sacer
Edgar, Andrew

Biopolitics and the Longevity of Left-Handers
Arnason, Gardar

The “Me Molecule”
Sándor, Judit

Can Boethics Escape from Biopolitics?
ten Have, Henk

Bioethics as Politics
Takala, Tuija

On the Relationship Between Bioethics and Biopolitics: What Bioethics Can Learn from Biopolitics
Gunson, Darryl

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