POLITICS, METAPHYSICS AND DEATH

ESSAYS ON GIORGIO AGAMBEN

Norris, Andrew (Ed.)

Duke University Press

2005

311 pàgines

Format: Rustega

ISBN: 9780822335375

Idioma: Anglès

Matèria: Filosofia moderna i contemporània

The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is having an increasingly significant impact on Anglo-American political theory. His most prominent intervention to date is the powerful reassessment of sovereignty and the politics of life and death laid out in his multivolume Homo Sacer project. Agamben argues that in both the modern world and the ancient, politics inevitably involves a sovereign decision that bans some individuals from the political and human communities. For Agamben, the Nazi concentration camps --in which some inmates are reduced to a form of living death-- are not a political aberration but instead the place where this essential political decision about life most clearly reveals itself. Engaging specifically with Homo Sacer, the essays in this collection draw out and contend with the wide-ranging implications of Agamben's radical and controversial interpretation of modern political life.

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