Giorgio Agamben is one of the leading figures in Italian philosophy and radical . Agamben argues in Stanzas that to the extent that Western culture accepts the. Stanzas has 94 ratings and 5 reviews. Alexander said: There’s a good chance that Stanzas is probably my favorite of Agamben’s many wonderful books, if on. Agamben – Stanzas – Word and Phantasm in Western Culture – Download as PDF File .pdf) or read online.

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Agamben’s political thought was founded on his readings of Aristotle ‘s PoliticsNicomachean Ethicsand treatise On the Soulas well as the exegetical traditions concerning these texts in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Lists with This Book. Because “only human action is able to cut the relationship between violence and law”, it becomes increasingly difficult within the state of exception for humanity to act against the State.

Agamben shows that auctoritas and potestas are clearly aga,ben — although they form together a binary system”.

Giorgio Agamben

Word and Phantasm in Western Culture. References and Further Reading Agamben, Giorgio. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. In consequence, he could be killed by anybody, while his life on the other hand was deemed “sacred”, so he could not be sacrificed in a ritual ceremony.

This damning diagnosis of contemporary politics does not, however, lead Agamben to a position of political despair.

Thus, Agamben opposes Foucault’s concept of ” biopolitics ” to right lawas he defines the state of exception, in Homo saceras the inclusion of life by right under the figure of ex-ception, which is simultaneously inclusion and exclusion.

When speaking about the military order issued by President George W. Ark Paperbacks,p. This impossibility leads Agamben to the problem of representation.

Lolalolai rated it it was amazing Feb 10, It’s still Agamben-the-philo There’s a good chance that Stanzas is probably my favorite of Agamben’s many wonderful books, if only because it’s really the element of wonder that shines through here in his writing.

The reduction of life to ‘biopolitics’ is one of the main threads in Agamben’s work, in his critical conception of a homo aganbenreduced to ‘bare life’, and thus deprived of any rights.


In The Coming Communitypublished in Italian in and translated into English by longtime admirer Michael Hardt inAgamben describes the social and political manifestation of his philosophical thought.

The Unremarkable Wordsworth Geoffrey H. He has written numerous books. Sapienza University of Rome Laurea In taking up the problem of community, Agamben enters into a broader engagement with this concept by others such as Maurice Blanchot and Jean-Luc Nancy, and in the Anglo-American scene, Alphonso Lingis.

Homo sacer State of exception Agamgen singularity Bare life Auctoritas Form-of-life The zoe — bios distinction as the “fundamental categorial pair of Western politics” [2] The paradox of sovereignty [3]. Agamben refers a continued state of exception to the Nazi state of Germany under Hitler’s rule. Augustusthe first Roman stanzass who claimed auctoritas as the basis of princeps status in a famous passage of Res Gestaehad opened up his house to public eyes.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Instead, testimony remains forever unassumable. Mme Panckoucke or The Toy Fairy. Agamben would continue to expand the theory of the state of exception first introduced in “Homo Sacer: Ethics Given this critique of the camps and the status of the law that is agamen in, but by no means limited to, the exceptional space of them, it is no surprise that Agamben takes the most extreme manifestation of the condition of the camps as a starting point for an elaboration of an ethics without reference to the law, a term that is taken to encompass normative discourse in its entirety.

This leads him to a response to Carl Schmitt’s definition of sovereignty as the power to proclaim the exception. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In this sense, modern totalitarianism can be defined as the establishment, by means of the state of exception, of a legal civil war that allows for the physical elimination not only of political adversaries but of entire categories of citizens who for some reason cannot be integrated into the political system” Agamben, pg 2.

Hence, for Agamben, the rift or caesura introduced into the human by the definition of man as the living animal who has language and therefore politics is foundational for biopolitics; it is this disjuncture sanzas allows the human to be reduced to bare life in biopolitical capture.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Theory and PhilosophyLiteratureTheory and Philosophy. Whatever singularity, which wants to appropriate belonging itself, its own being-in-language, and thus rejects all identity and every condition of belonging, is the principal enemy of the State.

This is the problem of potentiality, the rethinking of which Agamben takes to be central to the task of overcoming contemporary nihilism. As he argues in State of Exceptionrule by decree has become common since World War I in all modern states, and has been since then generalized and abused. He rereads Freud and Saussure to discover the impossibility of metalanguage and of synthesis that could be reflected in the transparency of signs.

Translated by Adam Kotsko. This does not mean, however, that humans are not, and do not have to be, something, that they are satnzas consigned to nothingness and therefore can freely decide whether to be or not to be, to adopt or not to adopt this or that destiny nihilism and decisionism coincide at this point.

In order to sketch out the atamben of this concept, we would need ‘a theory of use — of which Western philosophy lacks even the most elementary principles’. State of Exceptiontr.

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As such, it is akin to Max Weber ‘s concept of charisma. Here, Agamben draws upon the linguistic notion of deixis to isolate the self-referentiality of language in pronouns or grammatical shifters, which he argues do not refer to anything beyond themselves but only to their own utterance LD, In this work, Giorgio Agamben attempts to reconfigure the epistemological foundation of Western culture.

Antonio Delgado rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Who is the Subject of the Rights of Man? No trivia or quizzes yet. University of Minnesota Press, Un Seminario sul luogoGiulio Einuadi,