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The question of the limits of the political permeates the history of western political thought and has been at the forefront of debates in contemporary political philosophy, especially in French and Italian contexts. This book argues that the question of radical political exteriority fell into neglect despite post-War critiques of totalitarian political ontology. The notion of ‘the political’ developed into a new form of totality, one which admits the impossibility of closure and yet refuses to let go of its totalizing ambition. Inna Viriasova addresses this problem by offering a critical introduction to the debate on the concept of the political in contemporary continental philosophy, and develops an innovative perspective that allows us to rethink the limits of the political in affirmative and realist terms. The book explores such recent developments as Roberto Esposito’s notion of the impolitical, Giorgio Agamben’s concept of bare life, Michel Henry’s radical phenomenology of life, the speculative realist philosophy of Quentin Meillassoux, as well as Buddhist political thought. The book makes a vital contribution to an emerging body of literature in contemporary philosophy that renews the fundamental questions of political ontology in response to the multiplying crises of inclusion that challenge democratic communities today.
1. Carl Schmitt’s category of the political: politicizing the state of nature / 2. Michel Foucault on power and biopolitics: politicizing life / 3. Primordial politics of being-with in Jean-Luc Nancy: politicizing ontology / 4. Roberto Esposito’s category of the impolitical: renewing the political / 5. Giorgio Agamben’s outside: bare life and form-of-life / 6. Unpolitical life: Michel Henry and the real limits of biopolitics / 7. The great outdoors of politics: Quentin Meillassoux on ancestrality, extinction, justice / 8. Decolonizing political thought: Buddhist compassion at the limits of Western politics / Bibliography / Index
Inna Viriasova is a lecturer in the Department of Politics at Acadia University, Canada. She is the co-editor (with Antonio Calcagno) of Roberto Esposito: Biopolitics and Philosophy (Forthcoming) and the author of articles published in various journals, including the Journal of Global Ethics, Telos, Parrhesia and diacritics.

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