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Bioethics in the Age of New Media$
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Joanna Zylinska

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262240567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262240567.001.0001

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Biopolitics Today: The Ubiquitous Practice of Life Management

Biopolitics Today: The Ubiquitous Practice of Life Management

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(p.65) 3 Biopolitics Today: The Ubiquitous Practice of Life Management
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Bioethics in the Age of New Media
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Joanna Zylinska

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262240567.003.0003

This chapter illustrates how bioethics is influenced by biopolitics in today’s world. Essentially, bioethics functions in a biopolitical atmosphere. In today’s world, economic profit drives the political decisions that influence the legitimate and illegitimate life forms. The first and foremost aim of bioethics should be to preserve life in any form. For example, the industrialization required for improving the standard of living of people has led to the extinction of animal life forms all over the planet. In this chapter the author analyzes Foucault’s book, Society Must Be Defended; power and politics are also analyzed within a bio-framework. Foucault explained that violence is inherent to sovereign power.

Keywords:   biopolitics, economic profit, industrialization, sovereign power

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