Norbert Frieters-ReermannMaureen Porter

Norbert Frieters-Reermann im Interview mit Maureen Porter: Ein Interview über die Auswirkungen von Covid-19 auf das Bildungssystem in den USA


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In this paper, I formulate a critique of the critical interventions of left theorists (esp. Giorgio Agamben, Byung-Chul Han), who claimed that the political measure to confine the pandemic were simply the work of dystopian global biopolitics. I show how these forms of critique are mobilizing a jargon of authenticity (“state of exception”), which confirms the propositional language of Theory, but is unable to absorb the unsettling empirical specifics of the current pandemic. Against this “uncritical” critique, I propose a disposition of thoughtfulness.

critique, crisis, theory, state of exception, pandemic, thoughtfulness