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Bodies of Power

The article starts from Foucault's idea that taking care of the social body replaces the old rituals of the king's body and power. It then goes on to explore the different common bodies, especially with the help of Ernst Kantorowitz`s writings (which had influenced Foucault) on the king's body. A typology of common bodies is constructed: mythical, mimetical, hierarchical, united, analogical, national, individuated, artificial, living and, finally, the anti-utopia of the ethical body. The typology travels in history (from the body of the Homeric king to the living body of modern society), but the bodies are treated as conceptual figures rather than historical reductions.