The Liberal Way of War: Killing to Make Life Live

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-14
  • Publisher: Routledge
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The liberal way of war and the liberal way of rule are correlated; this book traces that correlation to liberalism's original commitment to 'making life live'. Committed to making life live, liberalism is committed to waging war on behalf of life, specifically to promote the biopolitical life of species being; what the book calls 'the biohuman'. The book explains how, in making life live, liberal rule finds its expression, today, in making the biohuman live the emergency of its emergence.

Author Biography

Michael Dillon is Professor of Politics at the University of Lancaster, UK. He publishes widely in political theory, cultural theory and security studies. He is the author of Politics of Security (1996) and co-editor of Foucault on Politics, Security and War (2008). Julian Reid is Lecturer in International Relations at Kings College London, UK, and Professor of International Relations at the University of Lapland, Finland. He is the author of The Biopolitics of the War on Terror (2007).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: from liberal conscience to liberal rulep. 1
From the liberal subject to the biohumanp. 15
War in the age of biohumanityp. 34
Informationalizing lifep. 55
Global triage: threat perception in the twenty-first centuryp. 81
Military transformation in the age of life as informationp. 106
Biohumanity and its rogues: securing the infrastructures of liberal livingp. 127
Conclusion: good for nothingp. 147
Notesp. 157
Referencesp. 163
Indexp. 185
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