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The Origin of the Political


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Preface to the Second Edition (2014) 1. Partitions 2. Truth 3. Principium and Initium 4. Beginn, Anfang, Ursprung 5. Polemos-Polis 6. The Third Origin 7. Nothingness 8. Forces 9. In Common 10. Imperium 11. Topologies 12. In the Grip of Love 13. The Final Battle

About the Author

Roberto Esposito is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. His many books in English include Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy and Two: The Machine of Political Theology and the Place of Thought (Fordham). Vincenzo Binetti is Professor of Italian at the University of Michigan. Gareth Williams is Professor of Spanish at the University of Michigan.


For Esposito, thought does not just fight-it is the fight itself. Esposito moves on the basis of a fundamental ontology of war, which marks what a previous tradition would have called "the unity of being." The Origin of the Political elaborates implications of this, not only through its masterful conceptual analysis and through its insights into the two thinkers it studies and critiques, but also because, as it makes explicit the stakes of the impolitical approach, it also ruins so many of the foundations of modern political thought and prepares the way for its fundamental renewal. -- -Alberto Moreiras * Texas A&M University *

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