Law, Ethics and the Biopolitical by Amy SwiffenLaw, Ethics and the Biopolitical by Amy Swiffen

Law, Ethics and the Biopolitical

byAmy SwiffenEditorAmy Swiffen

Hardcover | February 23, 2011

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Law, Ethics and the Biopoliticalexplores the idea that legal authority is no longer related to national sovereignty, but to the 'moral' attempt to nurture life. The book argues that whilst the relationship between law and ethics has long been a central concern in legal studies, it is now the relationship between law and life that is becoming crucial. The waning legitimacy of conventional conceptions of sovereignty is signalled the renewal of a version of natural law, evident in discourses of human rights, that de-emphasises the role of a divine law-giver in favour of an Aristotelian conception of the natural purpose of life and the 'common good'. Synthesising elements of legal scholarship on sovereignty, theories of biopolitics and biopower, as well as recent developments in the domains of ethics, Amy Swiffen examines the invocation of 'life' as a foundation for legal authority. The book documents the connection between law, life and contemporary forms of biopolitical power by critically analysing the fundamental principles of the bioethical paradigm. Unique in its critical and cross-disciplinary approach,Law, Ethics and the Biopoliticalwill be of interest to students and teachers in the areas of law and society, law and literature, critical legal studies, social theory, bioethics, psychoanalysis, and biopolitics.

Amy Swiffen is an Assistant Professor of Law and Society in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Her research is focused on new legal contexts and has been published in a wide variety of academic and professional journals.
Title:Law, Ethics and the BiopoliticalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 23, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415578442

ISBN - 13:9780415578448

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Law and Ethics  2. Law without a Lawgiver  3. Ethics and the Good  4. Goodbye to Kant  5. Law and Life  6. Law and Violence.  Conclusion: A Future Uncertain