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One of the most pressing tasks of contemporary thought is to think together the two discourses which have most fully developed the two poles of anthropogenesis in thinking the relation between biological life and the symbolic legal order: Lacanian psychoanalysis (often in conjunction with Hegelian and Marxian dialectics) and (anti-dialectical) post-Foucauldian biopolitics. Both could be described as forms of ‘philosophical anthropology’. In this essay, we investigate the work of one of the philosophical anthropologists from the discipline’s heyday in Weimar Germany, Helmuth Plessner, to illuminate the fundamental issues that confront any attempt to specify the human being and its linguistic and political essence on the basis of a philosophy of nature, in such a way as to pay heed equally to both the natural sciences and the human sciences. This will mark the first step in an attempt to specify the way in which one might bring together psychoanalysis and biopolitics in order to pursue the same task.
Author(s): Lewis MA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 25/07/2020
Acceptance date: 28/04/2020
Date deposited: 11/05/2020
ISSN (print): 2310-3817
ISSN (electronic): 2500-0721
Publisher: European University at St. Petersburg
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