Life: A Critical User’s Manual

Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has authored Life: A Critical User’s Manual (Polity Press, 2018), which asks "How can we think of life in its dual expression—matter and experience, the living and the lived?" Using research conducted on three continents and engaging in critical dialogue with Wittgenstein, Benjamin, and Foucault, Fassin attempts to conceive of the biological and biographical together and thus reconcile naturalist and humanist approaches by developing three concepts: forms of life, ethics of life, and politics of life.

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