Bioethics and Biopolitics

Theories, Applications and Connections

  • Péter Kakuk

Part of the Advancing Global Bioethics book series (AGBIO, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Concepts: Biopolitics and Biopower

  3. Applications: Contemporary Biopolitics and Bioethical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Vilhjálmur Árnason
      Pages 31-45
    3. Judit Sándor
      Pages 77-91
  4. Connections: Bioethics and Biopolitics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Henk ten Have
      Pages 95-107
    3. Tuija Takala
      Pages 109-117

About this book


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Péter Kakuk
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DebrecenDebrecenHungary

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66247-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66249-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2212-652X
  • Series Online ISSN 2212-6538
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