Agamben and Radical Politics

The 12 essays in this volume provide new perspectives on economy and political action by analysing Agamben’s recent work on government, his account of a non-statist politics and his relationship to the revolutionary tradition.

Agamben and Radical Politics

Author: Daniel McLoughlin

Publisher: Critical Connections

ISBN: 9781474402644

Page: 280

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Giorgio Agamben’s analysis of sovereignty was profoundly influential for critical theory as it grappled with issues of security and state violence in the wake of 11 September 2001. But what does his work have to say in an age characterised by financial crisis and political revolts? The 12 essays in this volume provide new perspectives on economy and political action by analysing Agamben’s recent work on government, his account of a non-statist politics and his relationship to the revolutionary tradition. It includes a new essay by Agamben himself, entitled ‘Capitalism as Religion’.

Living Law

Jewish Political Theology from Hermann Cohen to Hannah Arendt Miguel Vatter.
pp. ... “In Odradek's World: Bare Life and Historical Materalism in Agamben and
Benjamin. ... In Agamben and Radical Politics, edited by Daniel McLoughlin, pp.

Living Law

Author: Miguel Vatter

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0197546501

Page: 360

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"In his 1935 treatise on divine sovereignty, the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber introduced the idea of an 'anarchic soul of theocracy.' A decade before, the German jurist Carl Schmitt had coined the term 'political theology' in order to designate the Christian theological foundations of modern sovereignty and legal order. In a specular and opposite gesture, Buber argued that the covenant at Sinai established YHWH as the King of the Israelites and simultaneously promulgated the principle that no human being could become sovereign over this people. In so doing, Buber offered an interpretation of Jewish theocracy that is both republican and anarchic. Republican because, by pivoting on the idea that democracy is a function of a people's fidelity to a prophetic higher law, theocracy displaces the central role of the human sovereign. Anarchic because this divine law is saturated with the messianic aim to put an end to relations of domination between peoples. In this book I show that this republican and anarchic articulation of the discourse of political theology characterises the development of Jewish political theology in the 20th century from Hermann Cohen to Hannah Arendt"--

Corrosive Subjectifications

This dissertation is a philosophical inquiry on the possibilities and limitations for radical political theorization in art education.

Corrosive Subjectifications

Author: Juuso Ville Tervo

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 312

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This dissertation is a philosophical inquiry on the possibilities and limitations for radical political theorization in art education. By conducting an analytical reading of passages of the existing art education research that concerns the social and political role of art education in the United States, I construct a critique of the current strategies of politicization and propose an ontological shift in a political imagination; a shift that denotes a radicalization of political theory.

Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights

Taking Agamben's critique as a starting point, the authors reveal the paradoxes central to the politics of human rights by exploring questions of statelessness, exclusion and the visual representation of refugees and illegal migrants in the ...

Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights

Author: John Lechte

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748677747

Page: 216

View: 178

Taking Agamben's critique as a starting point, the authors reveal the paradoxes central to the politics of human rights by exploring questions of statelessness, exclusion and the visual representation of refugees and illegal migrants in the media.

Agamben s Political Ontology of Nudity in Literature and Art

The final chapter, “Il capitalismo come religione,” of Creazione e anarchia (
translated in the collection Agamben and Radical Politics) vigorously supports
the idea of a radically political Agamben. Daniel McLoughlin, the editor of
Agamben and ...

Agamben   s Political Ontology of Nudity in Literature and Art

Author: Frances Restuccia

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429537336

Page: 206

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This volume develops the central (though neglected) Agambenian concept of nudity along with its crucial political implications. The book discovers within The Use of Bodies a philosophical path to Agamben’s "ontology of nudity," as it is subtended by his notion of the messianic—a dual temporality of form in motion reflected in the image of a whirlpool that is autonomous although no drop of water belongs to it separately. Drawn from Paul and Benjamin (rather than Derrida), Agamben’s messianic is elaborated in this study through its embodiment in literature—Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, James’s The Aspern Papers, Brodsky’s Watermark, and Mann’s Death in Venice—in response to Agamben’s insistence on the wedding of poetry and philosophy. In particular, Coetzee’s Disgrace gives poetic form to Agamben’s focus on the dissolution of the human/animal border, the salvation of the unsavable, and "nudity"—all to illustrate Agamben’s Open without a closedness. This text shows how art serves as the house of philosophy also by taking up the nude in visual art, making the case that, in comprising chronos and kairos (the two messianic components of Agamben’s ontology of nudity), art demonstrates the constitution of form-of-life for the viewer. Emphasizing Agamben’s privileged non-unveilability/nudity, this book finally examines two major missed encounters, with Heidegger and Lacan, philosophers of the veil. Veiling to Agamben correlates with the sovereignty/bare life structure of the exception, which his ontology of nudity is meant to deactivate—as there is no such thing as a bare life.

Politics Metaphysics and Death

This volume also includes an original essay by Agamben in which he considers the relation of Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence” to Schmitt’s Political Theology.

Politics  Metaphysics  and Death

Author: Andrew Norris

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822386739

Page: 320

View: 121

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. The contributors analyze Agamben’s thought from the perspectives of political theory, philosophy, jurisprudence, and the history of law. They consider his work not only in relation to that of his major interlocutors—Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, and Martin Heidegger—but also in relation to the thought of Plato, Pindar, Heraclitus, Descartes, Kafka, Bataille, and Derrida. The essayists’ approaches are varied, as are their ultimate evaluations of the cogency and accuracy of Agamben’s arguments. This volume also includes an original essay by Agamben in which he considers the relation of Benjamin’s “Critique of Violence” to Schmitt’s Political Theology. Politics, Metaphysics, and Death is a necessary, multifaceted exposition and evaluation of the thought of one of today’s most important political theorists. Contributors: Giorgio Agamben, Andrew Benjamin, Peter Fitzpatrick, Anselm Haverkamp, Paul Hegarty, Andreas Kalyvas, Rainer Maria Kiesow , Catherine Mills, Andrew Norris, Adam Thurschwell, Erik Vogt, Thomas Carl Wall

Radical Political Theology

I will also return to Agamben's work, but more explicitly his political thought, in
chapter 6, where I will engage his significant book State ofException and apply
his reading of Carl Schmitt to our contemporary crisis of faith in law. Another
name ...

Radical Political Theology

Author: Clayton Crockett

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231149832

Page: 216

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In the 1960s, the strict opposition between the religious and the secular began to break down, blurring the distinction between political philosophy and political theology. This collapse contributed to the decline of modern liberalism, which supported a neutral, value-free space for capitalism. It also deeply unsettled political, religious, and philosophical realms, forced to confront the conceptual stakes of a return to religion. Gamely intervening in a contest that defies simple resolutions, Clayton Crockett conceives of the postmodern convergence of the secular and the religious as a basis for emancipatory political thought. Engaging themes of sovereignty, democracy, potentiality, law, and event from a religious and political point of view, Crockett articulates a theological vision that responds to our contemporary world and its theo-political realities. Specifically, he claims we should think about God and the state in terms of potentiality rather than sovereign power. Deploying new concepts, such as Slavoj Žižek's idea of parallax and Catherine Malabou's notion of plasticity, his argument engages with debates over the nature and status of religion, ideology, and messianism. Tangling with the work of Derrida, Deleuze, Spinoza, Antonio Negri, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, John D. Caputo, and Catherine Keller, Crockett concludes with a reconsideration of democracy as a form of political thought and religious practice, underscoring its ties to modern liberal capitalism while also envisioning a more authentic democracy unconstrained by those ties.

The Philosophy of Agamben

Highlighting the novelty of Agamben's approach while also situating it in relation to the work of other continental thinkers, "The Philosophy of Agamben" presents a clear and engaging introduction to the work of this original and ...

The Philosophy of Agamben

Author: Catherine Mills

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317492803

Page: 192

View: 171

Giorgio Agamben has gained widespread popularity in recent years for his rethinking of radical politics and his approach to metaphysics and language. However, the extraordinary breadth of historical, legal and philosophical sources which contribute to the complexity and depth of Agamben's thinking can also make his work intimidating. Covering the full range of Agamben's work, this critical introduction outlines Agamben's key concerns: metaphysics, language and potentiality, aesthetics and poetics, sovereignty, law and biopolitics, ethics and testimony, and his powerful vision of post-historical humanity. Highlighting the novelty of Agamben's approach while also situating it in relation to the work of other continental thinkers, "The Philosophy of Agamben" presents a clear and engaging introduction to the work of this original and influential thinker.

Radical French Thought and the Return of the Jewish Question

But this way of thinking, or rather of betraying the basic demand of thinking, had
characterized the work of one of Agamben's influences, Carl Schmitt, the Nazi
political philosopher, who believed the only way to grasp the essence of politics ...

Radical French Thought and the Return of the  Jewish Question

Author: Eric Marty

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253016843

Page: 154

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For English-speaking readers, this book serves as an introduction to an important French intellectual whose work, especially on the issues of antisemitism and anti-Zionism, runs counter to the hostility shown toward Jews by some representatives of contemporary critical theory. It presents for the first time in English five essays by Éric Marty, previously published in France, with a new preface by the author addressed to his American readers. The focus of these essays is the debate in France and elsewhere in Europe concerning the "Jew." The first essay on Jean Genet, one of postwar France’s most important literary figures, investigates the nature of Genet’s virulent antisemitism and hatred of Israel and its significance for an understanding of contemporary phenomena. The curious reappearance of St. Paul in theological and political discourse is discussed in another essay, which describes and analyses the interest that secular writers of the far left have shown in Paul’s "universalism" placed over and against Jewish or Israeli particularism. The remaining essays are more polemical in nature and confront the anti-Israeli attacks by Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze.

Infancy and History

Beautifully written, erudite and provocative, these essays will be of great interest to students of philosophy, linguistics, anthropology and politics.

Infancy and History

Author: Giorgio Agamben

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860916451

Page: 150

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How and why did experience and knowledge become separated? Is it possible to talk of an infancy of experience, a “dumb” experience? For Walter Benjamin, the “poverty of experience” was a characteristic of modernity, originating in the catastrophe of the First World War. For Giorgio Agamben, the Italian editor of Benjamin’s complete works, the destruction of experience no longer needs catastrophes: daily life in any modern city will suffice. Agamben’s profound and radical exploration of language, infancy, and everyday life traces concepts of experience through Kant, Hegel, Husserl and Benveniste. In doing so he elaborates a theory of infancy that throws new light on a number of major themes in contemporary thought: the anthropological opposition between nature and culture; the linguistic opposition between speech and language; the birth of the subject and the appearance of the unconscious. Agamben goes on to consider time and history; the Marxist notion of base and superstructure (via a careful reading of the famous Adorno–Benjamin correspondence on Baudelaire’s Paris); and the difference between rituals and games. Beautifully written, erudite and provocative, these essays will be of great interest to students of philosophy, linguistics, anthropology and politics.

Reinterpreting bio politics

Accordingly, the thesis is divided into four sections. In the first section, the argument works to explicate Agamben's notion of the originary structure of biopolitics.

Reinterpreting  bio politics

Author: Matt Brenn

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 65

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Abstract: In light of the global Occupy movements, whose ostensible lack of demands or a program of transformation have been praised for opening up new movements of radical political thought, this thesis examines the conceptual relationship between potentiality, profanation, and play in the thought of Giorgio Agamben in an attempt to contribute to what it means to think emancipatory politics within the contemporary biopolitical horizon. The argument suggests that Agamben's formulations of potentiality, profanation, and play reformulate precisely what it means to speak of a politics premised upon a genuine lack of program or demands today. In order to explicate this argument, the thesis considers potentiality, profanation, and play in concentric relation to each other, where each concept revolves around Agamben's resistance to an originary biopolitical structure, which he views as undergirding the entire legacy of Western thought. The argument suggests that these circles move from a broad ontological notion of potentiality to the praxis of play, where profanation serves as the conceptual circle mediating between the two. Accordingly, the thesis is divided into four sections. In the first section, the argument works to explicate Agamben's notion of the originary structure of biopolitics. In the second section, the argument turns to examine potentiality, which serves as Agamben's broadest ontological response to this biopolitical structure. The argument then turns toward Agamben's concept of profanation. In this section, the argument works to emphasize Agamben's critique of consumption in relation to his conceptualization of profanation. In the final section, the argument considers Agamben's notion of play, understood as a social praxis informed by the interrelated concepts of potentiality and profanation.

Radical Philosophy

And , here , the echoes of Agamben's Homo sacer defined by ' inclusive
exclusion ' are deafening . ... Roazen establishes a strong historical continuity
and teleology through a philological inquiry into particular legal and political
concepts .

Radical Philosophy

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Special Double Issue

... bound - up with its project , particularly regarding the development of the
concept of the exception in relation to contemporary politics — a politics that
Agamben has characterized as one of radical failure . Agamben ' s work is
concerned with ...

Special Double Issue

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780971006669

Page: 307

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Special double issue

Agamben. and. Messianic. Affect1. T. ROBERT C. THOMAS he following is based
on the experience, detailed study, ... of the exception in relation to contemporary
politics — a politics that Agamben has characterized as one of radical failure.

Special double issue

Author: Robin O. Andreasen

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780971006669

Page: 307

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Giorgio Agamben

This volume provides the first in-depth collection of essays aimed at critically examining the work of political philosopher Giorgio Agamben.

Giorgio Agamben

Author: Matthew Calarco

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804750509

Page: 282

View: 880

This volume provides the first in-depth collection of essays aimed at critically examining the work of political philosopher Giorgio Agamben.

An Insurrectionist Manifesto

Enacting a comparative and contagious postsecular sensibility, these gospels draw on the work of Slavoj i ek, Giorgio Agamben, Catherine Malabou, François Laruelle, Peter Sloterdijk, and Gilles Deleuze yet rejuvenate scholarship in ...

An Insurrectionist Manifesto

Author: Ward Blanton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231541732

Page: 240

View: 398

An Insurrectionist Manifesto contains four insurrectionary gospels based on Martin Heidegger's philosophical model of the fourfold: earth and sky, gods and mortals. Challenging religious dogma and dominant philosophical theories, they offer a cooperative, world-affirming political theology that promotes new life through not resurrection but insurrection. The insurrection in these gospels unfolds as a series of miraculous yet worldly practices of vital affirmation. Since these routines do not rely on fantasies of escape, they engender intimate transformations of the self along the very coordinates from which they emerge. Enacting a comparative and contagious postsecular sensibility, these gospels draw on the work of Slavoj i ek, Giorgio Agamben, Catherine Malabou, François Laruelle, Peter Sloterdijk, and Gilles Deleuze yet rejuvenate scholarship in continental philosophy, critical race theory, the new materialisms, speculative realism, and nonphilosophy. They think beyond the sovereign force of the one to initiate a radical politics "after" God.

Radical Thought in Italy

First, the essays settle accounts with the culture of cynicism, opportunism and fear that has come to permeate the Left.

Radical Thought in Italy

Author: Paolo Virno

Publisher: Choice Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN: 9780816649242

Page: 270

View: 528

Provides an original view of the potential for a radical democratic politics today that speaks not only to the Italian situation but also to a broadly international context. First, the essays settle accounts with the culture of cynicism, opportunism and fear that has come to permeate the Left. They then proceed to analyze the new difficulties and possibilities opened by current economic conditions and the crisis of the welfare state. Finally, the authors propose a series of new concepts that are helpful in rethinking revolution for our times. Contributors include Giorgio Agamben, Massimo De Carolis, Alisa Del Re, Augusto Illuminati, Maurizio Lazzarato, Antonio Negri, Franco Piperno, Marco Revelli, Rossana Rossanda, Carlo Vercellone and Adelino Zanini.

The Philosophy of Antonio Negri Volume Two

For Agamben , the logic of the biopolitical field is , at best , a field of forces that is
bipolar and transitive : home and city ... of subjectivity in his Nietzsche lectures
neutralized the formation of a radical political ontology , opening up a ' funereal ...

The Philosophy of Antonio Negri   Volume Two

Author: Timothy S. Murphy

Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)

ISBN:

Page: 248

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Outstanding contributors include Pierre Macherey, Charles Wolfe, Alex Callinicos and Judith Revel

Radical Democracy and Political Theology

While effectively recasting the tradition of radical theology as a political theology, this book also develops a comprehensive critique of the political theology bequeathed by Carl Schmitt.

Radical Democracy and Political Theology

Author: Jeffrey W. Robbins

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231156375

Page: 213

View: 783

Alexis de Tocqueville once wrote that "the people reign over the American political world like God over the universe," unwittingly casting democracy as the political instantiation of the death of God. According to Jeffrey W. Robbins, Tocqueville's assessment remains an apt observation of modern democratic power, which does not rest with a sovereign authority but operates as a diffuse social force. By linking radical democratic theory to a contemporary fascination with political theology, Robbins envisions the modern experience of democracy as a social, cultural, and political force transforming the nature of sovereign power and political authority. Robbins joins his work with Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's radical conception of "network power," as well as Sheldon Wolin's notion of "fugitive democracy," to fashion a political theology that captures modern democracy's social and cultural torment. This approach has profound implications not only for the nature of contemporary religious belief and practice but also for the reconceptualization of the proper relationship between religion and politics. Challenging the modern, liberal, and secular assumption of a neutral public space, Robbins conceives of a postsecular politics for contemporary society that inextricably links religion to the political. While effectively recasting the tradition of radical theology as a political theology, this book also develops a comprehensive critique of the political theology bequeathed by Carl Schmitt. It marks an original and visionary achievement by the scholar the Journal of the American Academy of Religion hailed "one of the best commentators on religion and postmodernism."

At the Limits of the Political

Offering a critical introduction to the philosophical debate on the concept of the political, this book explores recent developments in continental philosophy.

At the Limits of the Political

Author: Inna Viriasova

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1786604582

Page: 214

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Offering a critical introduction to the philosophical debate on the concept of the political, this book explores recent developments in continental philosophy. Inna Viriasova engages with key contemporary thinkers including Agamben, Esposito, Henry and Meillassoux and explores the debate in the context of the Italian concept of the impolitical.