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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


Biopolitics: Antigone's Claim

Audronė Žukauskaitė

in Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199559213
eISBN:
9780191594403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559213.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Lacanian philosopher Slavoj Žižek interprets Antigone as a figure driven by some pathological desire, being attached to the Other (Polyneices) without the mediation of symbolic rules and laws. In ... More


The Ambivalence of the Sovereign Ban: The Homo Sacer and the Biblical Ḥerem

Robert A. Yelle

in Sovereignty and the Sacred: Secularism and the Political Economy of Religion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226585451
eISBN:
9780226585628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226585628.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 3 engages with Giorgio Agamben’s argument that sovereignty is disclosed most directly through the ban, which places someone outside or beyond the law. His chief example is the ancient Latin ... 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


Performing Antigone in the Twenty‐First Century

S. E. Wilmer

in Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199559213
eISBN:
9780191594403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559213.003.0022
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines some productions in the late twentieth century (Fugard's The Island, Gambaro's Antígona Furiosa, and Glowacki's Antigone in New York) that have employed Antigone as a kind 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


Life Excluded from Law: Agamben, Biopolitics, and Civil War

Gavin Rae

in Critiquing Sovereign Violence: Law, Biopolitics, Bio-Juridicalism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474445283
eISBN:
9781474465144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445283.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Giorgio Agamben’s work on biopolitical sovereignty. It focuses on Homo Sacer and State of Exception to show that Agamben links sovereign violence to the establishment of a ... More


Political Murder and Sacrifice: From Roman Republic to Empire

Zsuzsanna Várhelyi

in Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199738960
eISBN:
9780199918676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738960.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Zsuzsanna Várhelyi analyzes the Roman notion of sacrifice as it can be seen in the tentative sacrificial interpretations of politically high-stake murders in the late republican period. Starting with ... More


Introduction

Conor McCarthy

in Outlaws and Spies: Legal Exclusion in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474455930
eISBN:
9781474480628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455930.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

While exclusion from law is often assumed to be an historical phenomenon, the discussion here argues that it is an enduring and important tactic of state power. Such exclusion can occur in two ... More


The Vanishing Absolute and the Deconsecrated God: A Theological Reflection on Revelation, Law, and Human Dignity

Tina Beattie

in Understanding Human Dignity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780197265642
eISBN:
9780191760389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265642.003.0014
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

Drawing on Giorgio Agamben’s idea of homo sacer and on the Catholic natural law tradition, Beattie explores the paradoxes and tensions inherent in the Christian understanding of divine justice and ... More


Of Guardian and Wards: The Indian as Homo Sacer

N. Bruce Duthu

in Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199735860
eISBN:
9780199344994
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735860.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The “peculiarization” of American Indians throughout large swaths of American history involved the recognition of social and cultural elements within tribal societies that served to justify, in the ... More


Saint Cardín: Sacredness, ‘Sinthomosexuality’ and the (Non-) Place of the Queer in the Spain of the Transition

in Queer Events: Post-deconstructive Subjectivities in Spanish Writing and Film, 1960s to 1990s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846314674
eISBN:
9781846316180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846314674.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the works of openly gay writer Alberto Cardín. It provides an interpretation of his Dialéctica y canibalismo and Sin más ni más based on Giorgio Agamben's ideas in Homo Sacer. ... More


Nihilism or Politics? An Interrogation of Agamben

John Lechte and Saul Newman

in Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights: Statelessness, Images, Violence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748645725
eISBN:
9780748689163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645725.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Reference

This chapter explores and responds to a number of important critiques of Agamben's thinking, and considers the common perception that his thinking amounts to ethical nihilism and lacks political ... More


Roma and Sinti as Homo Sacer

Claudia Leeb

in The Politics of Repressed Guilt: The Tragedy of Austrian Silence

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474413244
eISBN:
9781474445177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413244.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter analyzes the case of the Austrian University Professor Beiglböck who led lethal medical experiments on Roma and Sinti in the Dachau concentration camp during the NS regime. It traces the ... More


Michel Foucault

Vanessa Lemm

in Agamben's Philosophical Lineage

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474423632
eISBN:
9781474438520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423632.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Michel Foucault begins to play a major role in Giorgio Agamben’s work starting with his book Homo Sacer. Agamben’s thinking about biopolitics, sovereignty, governmentality and form-of-life is deeply ... More


Outside the Law in the Middle Ages

Conor McCarthy

in Outlaws and Spies: Legal Exclusion in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474455930
eISBN:
9781474480628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455930.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter begins by looking at what outlawry means in a legal sense in medieval England, drawing comparisons between the characterisation of the outlaw as an excluded figure and Agamben's ... More


The Endurance of Exclusion: Versions of Ned Kelly

Conor McCarthy

in Outlaws and Spies: Legal Exclusion in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474455930
eISBN:
9781474480628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455930.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter considers the endurance of the practice of outlawry into nineteenth century Australia, and the subsequent endurance of the Australian bushranger in multiple reinterpretations and ... More


‘We’re Not Policemen’: Espionage and Law in John le Carré

Conor McCarthy

in Outlaws and Spies: Legal Exclusion in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474455930
eISBN:
9781474480628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455930.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The second part of the book turns to a discussion of extralegality and espionage, beginning with a reading of three novels by John le Carré set against the background of historical events – the ... 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


Outlaws and Spies: Legal Exclusion in Law and Literature

Conor McCarthy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474455930
eISBN:
9781474480628
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455930.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Outlawry and espionage would seem to be quite different phenomena, rarely discussed together. This book argues that they have something in common - that both involve exclusion from law. Challenging ... More


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