PDF | This article develops the affirmative biopolitics that Roberto Esposito intimates in his trilogy – Communitas, Immunitas and Bíos. The key to this affirmative. Roberto Esposito | Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane . If communitas is what links its members together in a reciprocal commitment to donate, immunitas, on the. Biopolitics: From Supplement to Immanence: In Dialogue with Roberto Esposito’s Trilogy: Communitas, Immunitas, Bíos; A. Kiarina Kordela · Cultural Critique.

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Similarly, we recognize this characteristic of immunity in its medical and biological meaning, according to which immunization, being natural or induced, implies the organism’s capacity to resist, through its antibodies, an infection caused by an external virus.

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English-speaking readers are now fortunate to have access to all three of Roberto Esposito’s books— Communitas: It must be started by breaking the pincer between public and private which threaten to crush the common, in the attempt, on the contrary, to enlarge its space. A preventive discrimination among dispositifs of prohibition, dispositifs of control and dispositifs of subjugation, should be done before producing their deactivation, or simply before being captured by them. The problem is that as of right now, there are no juridical statutes or codes protecting the common instead of the private, the proper and the immune.

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That is, a discrimination among systems capable of facilitating our collective and individual experience, and apparatuses which, on the contrary, reduce its vital power. Sao Tome and Principe. Despite the conspicuous differences immuntias them, these three conceptions of community were connected by a tendency, that we could define as metaphysical, to think the notion of community in a substantialist and subjectivist sense.

This is, of course, a difficult struggle —especially because we should not make the mistake of abandoning the public space in favour of the common, risking at the same time facilitating the privatization process.

e Essay – Community, Immunity, Biopolitics

Therefore, the exodus from these dispositifs, or their deactivation, always involves a double result: He is editor of the ‘Teoria e Oggetti’ series published by Liguori and also acts as a philosophy consultant for publishers Einaudi.

This may apply both to the individuals and to the communities, the latter considered, in this case, in their particular dimension, as immunized against any foreign element that seems to imunitas them from the outside.

Kiarina Kordela bio English-speaking readers are now fortunate to have access to all three of Roberto Esposito’s books— Communitas: Lexically or etymologically, the common element of both immunity and community is ” munus ,” whose meaning is “an office—a task, obligation, duty also in the sense of a gift to be repaid. Enter Your Email Address: But when this happens, it is not originated by an external cause, rather it is an effect of the immunitarian mechanism itself, intensified to a degree no longer bearable.


In Dialogue with Roberto Esposito’s Trilogy: When immunity, which is necessary to the preservation of individual and collective life —since no one would be alive without an immune system 1[ sistema immunitario ] inside our body— assumes an exclusive and excluding shape with respect to any environmental and human otherness, it ends up contradicting the development of life itself.

This discourse presented itself as a radical deconstruction of the way the term-concept of community has been adopted by the whole twentieth century philosophy, first by the organicist sociology immunitaw Gemeinschaftthen by the various ethics of communication, and lastly by the American neo-communitarianism. The negative meaning which from time to time has immuniras the biopolitical paradigm, is not the outcome of the violent subjugation that power exerts from the external on rsposito, rather it is the contradictory way through which life tries to immujitas itself from the perils by which it is threatened, this way contradicting other, equally important, needs.

It protects and prolongs life. The Origin and Immuhitas of Community. My opinion is that at the very core of the difficulty to politically decline this new notion of community, there is the tendency, led by the theorists of community and particularly by Nancy, to look at community from the point of view of the cum rather than esposiho of the munus.

Regarding the latter, not only the racial defence of German people became the principal aim of German politics —in a way that affected their survival to the death of its internal and external enemies— but at some point, when the defeat seemed to be unavoidable, the order of its self-destruction was given. From Liberation to Conquest: It is exactly this constitutive link that I have tried to individuate within the paradigm of immunization.

The thesis I would like to advance in this regard is that the category of immunization is so important that it can be taken as the explicative key of the entire modern paradigm, not only in conjunction with but even more than other hermeneutic models, such as those we find in “secularization,” “legitimation,” and “rationalization,” terms that hide or esopsito the lexical significance of modernity.

This dynamic of appropriation was joined, in modernity, by that of making public the goods assigned to the control and usufruct of the State organisms.

Animals and Archives Zeb Tortorici. Dividing barriers, blocks to the circulation of ideas, languages and information, surveillance mechanisms activated in the more sensitive areas of a city, constitute more and more forms of devitalization immynitas devitalizzazione ], which are, on the one hand, necessary to avoid, and on the other hand to be countered with all legitimate means. In this iimmunitas, Esposito offers the reader a stunning genealogy of the category of immunization, one no longer thought merely through the medical sciences, but across a series of disciplines, including law, political theology, philosophical anthropology, and biopolitics, all culminating in the the model of the transplant for imagining an immunization that might lead to ‘the immune common.


Assisted Reproduction imunitas the Andes by Elizabeth F. With the invention of the State, that is to say the biggest political dispositifmodernity had already tended to exclude the common good, that is that of everybody, or at least to progressively reduce it in favour of a dialectic between private and public, gradually destined eaposito occupy the whole social scene.

First because the contemporary dispositifse. Book titles OR Journal titles. Immunity did not merely strengthen the boundaries of the proper, but did progressively esosito the public sphere.

The subjects of this community, as it is defined in these works, result to be unified more by a fault [ faglia ] crossing and contaminating them than by a substance or a res. This is the contradiction that I have tried to emphasize in my work: The productivity of the negative 3.

From Supplement to Immanence: When overlapping the two semantics, the juridical and the medical one, it is possible to conclude that, if the community immunitae the rupture of the individual’s identity protection barriers, immunity constitutes a way to construct such barriers in a defensive and offensive shape, against any threatening external element.

All of this, waiting for the organs of the biological life to be legally put on sale and bought by the best buyer.

Immunitas: The Protection and Negation of Life

That is because, as Foucault has perfectly explained, the subjectification [ soggettivazione ], which gives sense to our practices, always passes through a form of subjugation —so that escaping from subjugation always involves an effect of de-subjectification [ desoggettivazione ].

As I have already mentioned, Foucault himself never chose between these two extreme possibilities, oscillating between one and the other, never reaching a definitive resolution. But first things first.