'The BeWILDerment of Pentheus. On the attraction of the Nature state and the Nature state as spectacle’

LIEVEN DE CAUTER, Rudi Laermans

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Abstract

The attraction of the state of nature runs deep in the lusteconomy of our time. In reality tv, especially Expeditie Robinson, we see a simulation of the state of nature. Maybe the state of nature has a new relevance, it could be an alternative to the Agambian paradigm of the state of exception. In this article, the authors investigate Hobbes and Rousseau in order to update this topos of political philosophy and political anthropology. In the end, they distinguish between three different states of nature. The first being the mere speechless biological life of the body, the second being the bottom-up absence of sovereignty, the third being the ecological predicament of mankind hitting the limits of the planet.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSMAK Gent, ACTAR, Barcelona
ISBN (Print)978-84-934879-5-9
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameKendell Geers Irrespectiv (catalogue)

Keywords

  • political anthropology
  • political philosophy
  • Giorgio Agamben
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • state of nature
  • state of exception
  • reality tv
  • libidinal economy

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