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dc.contributor.authorFenyvesi, Kristof
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T11:42:15Z
dc.date.available2015-02-18T11:42:15Z
dc.date.issued2014fi
dc.identifier.citationFenyvesi, K. (2014). Dionysian biopolitics : Karl Kerényi's concept of indestructible life. <em>Comparative philosophy</em>, 5 (2), 45-68. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.comparativephilosophy.org/index.php/ComparativePhilosophy/article/view/263">http://www.comparativephilosophy.org/index.php/ComparativePhilosophy/a...</a>fi
dc.identifier.otherTUTKAID_62646
dc.identifier.urihttps://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/45356
dc.description.abstractScholar of religion Karl Kerényi’s last book, Dionysos, is a grand attempt at reinterpreting ζωη (zoe), the Greek concept of indestructible life, which he distinguishes from βίος (bios), finite life. In Kerényi’s view, the meaning and sensual experience of zoe was expressed in its richest form in the Cretan beginnings of the cult of Dionysos. The major characteristics of this cult, as Kerényi describes, were beyond the cultural, political, and sexual limits of the Christian interpretations of life and nature. Searching for modern analogies to zoe, Kerényi explains the idea in relation to molecular biology’s minimum definition of life. Despite the fact that Kerényi’s book contains only minor references to contemporary philosophy, the philosophical consequences of his interpretations of Dionysos are not only radical but outline a notion of biopolitics far in advance of the mid- to late 20thcentury development of it. By the affirmation of indestructible life and animality, Kerényi proposes a new humanism that moves beyond the limits of Kantian anthropology and also takes a radically different perspective to that of Heidegger’s philosophy of being, or Agamben’s notion of biopolitics. According to Kerényi’s investigations, since this alternative humanism, which is based on the radical recognition of the individuality and diversity of life forms, was once possible in an earlier stage of human culture, it is possible to reanimate it in order to shape anew how zoe is understood and therefore lived. Our relation to nature can thereby undergo a Dionysian transvaluation and assign us new responsibilities as well as open up a new trajectory for the 21st-century human.fi
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSan José State University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesComparative philosophy
dc.relation.urihttp://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/comparativephilosophy/
dc.subject.otherKarl Kerényifi
dc.subject.othernaturefi
dc.subject.otherreligionfi
dc.subject.otherbiopoliticsfi
dc.subject.otherzoefi
dc.subject.otherbiosfi
dc.subject.otherAgambenfi
dc.titleDionysian biopolitics : Karl Kerényi's concept of indestructible lifefi
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:jyu-201409042712
dc.contributor.laitosTaiteiden ja kulttuurin tutkimuksen laitosfi
dc.contributor.laitosDepartment of Art and Culture Studiesen
dc.contributor.oppiaineHungarologia
dc.contributor.oppiaineNykykulttuurin tutkimus
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
dc.date.updated2014-09-04T03:30:08Z
dc.type.coarjournal article
dc.description.reviewstatuspeerReviewed
dc.format.pagerange45-68
dc.relation.issn2151-6014
dc.relation.numberinseries2
dc.relation.volume5
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dc.rights.copyright© Fenyvesi & San José State University, 2014.
dc.rights.accesslevelopenAccessfi
dc.relation.doi10.31979/2151-6014(2014).050208


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