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The Role of the Shifter and the Problem of Reference in Giorgio Agamben

Clemens Justin

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter shows that it is the implicit role that Giorgio Agamben assigns to the linguistic shifter that proves a necessary way station on this endless pilgrimage. In outlining Agamben's doctrine ... More


Bestia Sacer and Agamben's Anthropological Machine: Biomedical/Legal Taxonomies as Somatechnologies of Human and Nonhuman Animals’ Ethico-Political Relations

Robin Mackenzie

in Law and Anthropology: Current Legal Issues Volume 12

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199580910
eISBN:
9780191723025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0019
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

This chapter shows how Giorgio Agamben's anthropological machine not only deploys ascriptions of animality in order to include or exclude humans, but also assigns apparent similarities with, and ... More


Face to Face with Agamben; or, the Other in Love

Wolfreys Julian

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses the separation of love from desire and eroticism. Following the trace of love, this chapter meditates on its non-philosophical alterity, its status as the precondition of ... More


Beyond Spectacle and the Image: the Poetics of Guy Debord and Agamben

Murray Alex

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter reviews the crucial relationship Giorgio Agamben forges with the work of Guy Debord and the concept of ‘the society of the spectacle’. It isolates three key moments in which a ... More


‘Its Silent Working was a Delusion’

Whyte Jessica

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter opens with Franz Kafka's notorious short story ‘In the penal settlement’, establishing its emblematic function for Giorgio Agamben. A discussion of Agamben's explicitly political theses ... More


Giorgio Agamben: Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction

Kevin Attell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262045
eISBN:
9780823266319
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262045.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book traces Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's engagement with deconstructive thought from his early work to the present, showing how consistently and closely Agamben takes up (critically, ... More


The Dispositifs of Thanatopolitics: Improper Writing and Life

Ttimothy. C. Campbell

in Improper Life: Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816674640
eISBN:
9781452946696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816674640.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on two of the most important thanatopolitical philosophers: Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito. It poses questions regarding the primary means by which Agamben and Esposito ... More


Politics and Poetics of Divine Violence: On a Figure in Giorgio Agamben and Walter Benjamin

Arne De Boever

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explores the relation between violence and justice in Giorgio Agamben's work. It investigates the essential role that Walter Benjamin's classic essay ‘Critique of Violence’ plays for ... More


The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Justin Clemens and Nicholas Heron

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Giorgio Agamben has emerged, in the past five years, as one of the most important continental philosophers. This burgeoning popularity of his work has largely been confined to a study of the homo ... More


The Enigma of Giorgio Agamben

Justin Clemens, Nicholas Heron, and Alex Murray

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Giorgio Agamben's oeuvre is unified by a conviction of the necessity of undoing the divisive powers of language, of the essential relationship of language to law, and of the potentiality of ... More


The Fading Memory of Homo non Sacer

Anton Schütz

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter asks whether the apparent divergences between the work of Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault are due, not so much to irreconcilable methodological and political differences, as to the ... More


Notes on Media and Biopolitics: ‘Notes on Gesture’

Levitt Deborah

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter reviews Giorgio Agamben's engagement with the cinematic dispositif, and the problem of ‘the status of the image in general within modernity’. It also proposes that Agamben's idea of ... More


Integral Actuality: On Giorgio Agamben's Idea of Prose

Alexander García Düttmann

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634620
eISBN:
9780748652440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter investigates the relation between ‘poetry’ and ‘prose’ in Giorgio Agamben's book Idea of Prose. It also examines what is called the ‘happy medium’ of pure communicability which obsesses ... More


Potenza and Différance

Kevin Attell

in Giorgio Agamben: Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262045
eISBN:
9780823266319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262045.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Chapter Three examines Agamben's theory of potentiality in relation to Derrida's central concepts of arche-writing and différance. After the more polemical engagements in the works discussed in the ... More


Spurius Maelius: Dictatorship and the Homo Sacer

Michèle Lowrie

in Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195389579
eISBN:
9780199866496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyzes an episode of civil disturbance in early Roman history—Spurius Maelius' attempt to seize royal power as told in Livy—according to Giorgio Agamben's theory of sovereignty. ... More


Diachronicity: Rhythm as Interruption

Lexi Eikelboom

in Rhythm: A Theological Category

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198828839
eISBN:
9780191867156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828839.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines an alternative approach to rhythm within continental philosophy, represented by Giorgio Agamben and Julia Kristeva. These thinkers are interested in the role of rhythm in the ... More


Sovereignty, Law, and Violence

Kevin Attell

in Giorgio Agamben: Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262045
eISBN:
9780823266319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262045.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Chapter Four examines of the relation between Agamben's major political and ethical concepts and the ethico-political turn deconstruction took in roughly the same years. Foremost among these concepts ... More


Ticks and Cats

Kevin Attell

in Giorgio Agamben: Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262045
eISBN:
9780823266319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262045.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Chapter Five examines Agamben's and Derrida's books on the human-animal relation, The Open (2002) and The Animal That Therefore I Am (1999/2004). Agamben and Derrida both focus their interrogation on ... More


The Logos of God and the End of Humanity:: Giorgio Agamben and the Gospel of John on Animality as Light and Life

Eric Daryl Meyer

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The writings of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben inform Eric Meyer's essay. Meyer rereads the Johannine prologue (John 1:1-18), the locus classicus for the doctrine of the incarnation, with ... More


The Postmodern, the Holocaust, and the Limits of the Human

Robert Eaglestone

in The Holocaust and the Postmodern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199265930
eISBN:
9780191708596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265930.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at the impact of the Holocaust, and Levinas and Derrida's response to it, on the category of the human. Drawing on Heidegger's Letter on Humanism, Giorgio Agamben's work on the ... More


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