The Politics of Life

"As an anthropologist, he is trained to look for and respect differences, both between cultures and individuals. As a medical doctor, he knows what all human bodies have in common and the mortality that we ultimately face. And as a philosopher, he seems ready to ask whether our infinitely diverse particulars might be gathered up—if not into something universal, then at least in a pattern, into something that might resemble the plot of a novel."

Writing for the Nation, Bruce Robbins reviews Life: A Critical User's Manual (Polity Press, 2018) by Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science.

Read more at the Nation, and find an excerpt of Life here.