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Becoming PoliticalSpinoza's Vital Republicanism and the Democratic Power of Judgment$
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Christopher Skeaff

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226555478

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226555508.001.0001

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A Right to Problems

A Right to Problems

(p.137) Coda A Right to Problems
Becoming Political

Christopher Skeaff

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reflects back on the main interpretive and theoretical threads of the book, gathering them together under the sign of a “right to problems” (Deleuze). It discusses the key features of this right from the perspectives of control (worker’s control over production, people’s control over government) and constitution (a people’s self-constitution, the constitution of a public sphere). The chapter also considers how the promise of Spinoza’s vital republicanism might be carried forward in future theorizing: by pursuing the generative interplay or “elective affinity” between modern republican thought and contemporary biopolitical theories of communal life.

Keywords:   biopolitics, constitution, control, Gilles Deleuze, problems, republicanism, Spinoza

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