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Agamben, Giogio
Hochste Armut. Ordensregeln und Lebensform
Was wird aus der Regel, wenn sie im Leben restlos aufzugehen scheint? Und was aus einem Menschenleben, wenn seine Gesten, seine Worte und sein Schweigen von der Regel nicht mehr zu unterscheiden sind?

In Fortschreibung seines gross angelegten Homo-Sacer-Projekts unternimmt der weltbekannte Philosoph Giorgio Agamben eine passionierte Relekture des abendlandischen Monchtums von Pachomius bis St. Franziskus. Doch auch wenn er das von peinlich genauer Regelbeachtung bestimmte Leben der Monche bis ins kleinste Detail rekonstruiert, sieht Agamben die eigentliche Innovation des Monchtums nicht in der Vermengung von Leben und Norm, sondern in der Entdeckung einer Dimension des Menschen, in der das "Leben" als solches zum ersten Mal seiner Autonomie Geltung verschaffte. Denn die Herausforderung, vor die die Monche das Recht stellten, indem sie auf "hochste Armut" und den blossen "Gebrauch" bestanden, hat auch heute von ihrer Brisanz nichts verloren.

Homo Sacer IV.1, Fisher, 2012, geb, 208 pp, € 22.95, 9783100005335
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Agamben, Giorgio
Ausnahmezustand.
Insofern der Ausnahmezustand zur Regel zu werden droht, sind die Institutionen des demokratischen Rechtsstaats und das verfassungsgemasse Gleichgewicht der Gewalten gefahrdet, und die Grenze zwischen Demokratie und Diktatur verschwimmt. In Auseinandersetzung mit verschiedenen theoretischen Annaherungen an das Phanomen des Ausnahmezustands - zu nennen sind in erster Linie Walter Benjamin und Carl Schmitt, aber auch Autoren wie Theodor Mommsen, Adolphe Nissen und Jacques Derrida - vermisst Agamben das von den meisten Theoretikern gemiedene Niemandsland zwischen Politik und Recht, zwischen der Rechtsordnung und dem Leben und wirft ein neues Licht auf jene verborgene Beziehung, die das Recht an die Gewalt bindet

Nach Homo sacer und Was von Auschwitz bleibt - Teil 1 und Teil 3 von Giorgio Agambens vieldiskutiertem Homo-sacer-Projekt - folgt nun mit Ausnahmezustand der in sich geschlossene erste Band des zweiten Teiles.

Der Ausnahmezustand, d. h. jene Suspendierung des Rechtssystems, die wir als Provisorium zur Aufrechterhaltung der Ordnung in Krisensituationen zu betrachten gewohnt sind, wird vor unseren Augen zu einem gangigen Muster staatlicher Praxis, das in steigendem Masse die Politik bestimmt. Agambens neuestes Buch ist der erste Versuch einer bundigen Geschichte und zugleich Fundamentalanalyse des Ausnahmezustandes: Wo liegen seine historischen Wurzeln, und welche Rolle spielt er - in seiner Entwicklung von Hitler bis Guantanamo - in der Gegenwart?

Homo Sacer II.1 / edition suhrkamp 2366, Suhrkamp, 2004, pap, 112 pp, € 13.50, 9783518123669
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Agamben, Giorgio
Avontuur
'Net zoals de hoop uitstijgt boven haar vervulling, zo gaat zij ook de redding voorbij - met liefde.'
In klassieke mythes komen we de Demon, het Lot, de Liefde en de Noodzaak tegen als de vier goden die aan ieders wieg staan. Vroeg of laat moeten we allemaal met hen in het reine komen.

Ze zijn volgens Agamben in zijn nieuwe, verrassende boek duister, maar tegelijk ook goedertieren. De confrontatie met deze godheden impliceert dat we ons leven als een avontuur moeten zien. En niet in de triviale betekenis van het woord, nee, we moeten het avontuur als de indrukwekkendste ervaring in ons menselijk bestaan beschouwen

Via een fascinerende zoektocht die ons van ridderverhalen naar filosofie, en van Lancelot naar Beatrice leidt, krijgen de vier godheden uiteindelijk gezelschap van een godin, ongrijpbaarder en mysterieuzer dan alle andere: Elpis, de Hoop. In de Griekse mythologie zit ze weggestopt in de doos van Pandora, maar hier wordt ze aan ons gepresenteerd als het ultieme symbool van het menselijk avontuur op aarde.

In dit essay keert Agamben terug naar de prachtige stijl van zijn vroegere werk, met veel eruditie en suggestie. Van Agamben verscheen bij Sjibbolet eerder Naaktheden en Pilatus en Jezus.

Sjibbolet filosofie, Uitgeverij Sjibbolet, 2016, pap, 64 pp, € 12.95, 9789491110276
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Agamben, Giorgio
Das Sakrament der Sprache. Eine Archeologie des Eides
Dem Eid kommt als 'Sakrament der Macht' in der Geschichte der abendlandischen Politik und Religion eine grundlegende Rolle zu. Dennoch fehlt - ungeachtet zahlreicher linguistischer, anthropologischer und historischer Studien - ein all diese Aspekte umfassender Versuch, den systematisch-strategischen Ort zu bestimmen, den die Institution des Eides am Schnittpunkt von Recht, Religion und Politik einnimmt. Hier setzt Giorgio Agamben mit seiner "Archaologie des Eides" an - und trifft mitten ins Zentrum der Existenz des Menschen als sprechendes sowie als politisches Tier.

Im Ruckgriff auf griechische und romische Quellen stellt Agamben den Konnex her zwischen dem Eid einerseits und archaischer Gesetzgebung, Fluch und Gotternamen andererseits. Dabei gewinnt er eine vollig neuartige Perspektive auf den Ursprung des Eides: Der Eid wird zum entscheidenden Moment in der Anthropogenese; als Sakrament der Macht hat er sich etablieren konnen, weil er zuallererst das Sakrament der Sprache ist. Indem sich der Mensch als sprechendes Wesen entdeckt, bindet er sich auch an die Sprache und setzt in ihr sein Schicksal aufs Spiel.

Homo Sacer II.3 / edition suhrkamp 2606, Suhrkamp, 2010, pap, 98 pp, € 12.50, 9783518126066
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Agamben, Giorgio
Der Mensch ohne Inhalt
In den spaten sechziger Jahren nahm Giorgio Agamben an Martin Heideggers Seminaren im sudfranzosischen Le Thor teil. Damals entstand auch sein erstes Buch L'uomo senza contenuto, das 1970 erstmals erschien. Selbstbewusst und radikal sturzt er sich auf klassische Positionen der Asthetik, er konfrontiert Platon, Kant und Hegel mit Kunstlern und Autoren der Klassischen Moderne. In einer Zeit, in der die Kunst nicht langer die Funktion hat, das Wesen der Wirklichkeit zur Erscheinung zu bringen, wird sie zu einer selbstzerstorerischen Kraft, der Kunstler, so Agamben, zu einem 'Menschen ohne Inhalt'.
Deutsche Erstausgabe
edition suhrkamp 2625, Suhrkamp, 2012, pap, 171 pp, € 16.75, 9783518126257
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Agamben, Giorgio
Herrschaft und Herrlichkeit. Zur theologischen Genealogie von Okonomie und Regierung
Die genealogische Erforschung der Macht, die Giorgio Agamben 1995 mit Homo sacer begonnen hat, nimmt mit diesem Buch eine entscheidende Wendung: Warum hat in der westlichen Welt die Macht die Form der Okonomie angenommen? Und: Weshalb bedarf sie der Herrlichkeit, also jenes liturgisch-zeremoniellen Aufwands, der seit jeher um sie betrieben wird?

Um den Monotheismus mit den "drei Personen" zu vereinbaren, entwarfen die Kirchenvater die Trinitatslehre als "Okonomie" des gottlichen Lebens: als eine Frage der Fuhrung und Verwaltung sowohl des himmlischen als auch des irdischen "Hauses" (griech.: oikia). Agamben zeigt, dass grundlegende Kategorien der modernen Politik - von der Gewaltenteilung bis zur militarischen Doktrin des Kollateralschadens, vom Liberalismus der "unsichtbaren Hand" bis zum Ordnungs- und Sicherheitsdenken - auf dieses theologisch-okonomische Paradigma zuruckgefuhrt werden konnen. Die zeremoniellen Aspekte der Macht sind nicht bloss Uberreste vergangener Zeiten, sondern bilden - noch immer - ihr Fundament: eine bislang ubersehene Genealogie, die die Funktion des Konsenses und der Medien in den modernen Demokratien in einem neuen Licht erscheinen lasst.

Homo Sacer II.4 / edition suhrkamp 2520, Suhrkamp, 2010, pap, 361 pp, € 23.95, 9783518125205
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Agamben, Giorgio
Homo Sacer. De soevereine macht en het naakte leven
In herdruk, verwacht 30/12/2016

De gevangene van het concentratiekamp, maar ook de hedendaagse vluchteling en de comapatient die tussen leven en dood zweeft, ziet Agamben als moderne belichamingen van de homo sacer. Sinds zijn verschijning in 1995 is Homo sacer in en buiten Europa onderwerp van vele, vaak heftige discussies.

In Homo sacer behandelt de Italiaanse filosoof Giorgio Agamben de relatie tussen politiek en leven. In het oude Romeinse recht was de homo sacer een mens die door iedereen straffeloos gedood mocht worden. Hij werd buiten het menselijke en het goddelijke recht geplaatst. De homo sacer markeert de grens tussen het burgerrechtelijke leven en het naakte, onbeschermde leven. Dit leven op de grens, in een niemandsland, biedt Agamben de sleutel voor een kritische analyse van de westerse politieke traditie, waarin het leven de inzet van de politiek is geworden en de politiek veranderd is in biopolitiek. Aan de hand van de relatie tussen het naakte leven en de soevereine macht - van Aristoteles via de Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens tot aan Auschwitz - presenteert de auteur het concentratiekamp als het paradigma van de moderne tijd. Het kamp blijkt de ruimte te zijn waarin regel en uitzondering, leven en dood niet meer van elkaar te onderscheiden zijn.

Homo Sacer I/ Parresia, Boom, 2002, pap, 213 pp, € 28.50, 9789053528297
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Agamben, Giorgio
Homo sacer. Die souverane Macht und das nackte Leben
Der homo sacer ist die Verkorperung einer archaischen romischen Rechtsfigur: Zwar durfte er straflos getotet, nicht aber geopfert werden, was auch seine Totung sinnlos und ihn gleichsam unberuhrbar machte - woraus sich der Doppelsinn von sacer als 'verflucht' und 'geheiligt' ableitet. Giorgio Agamben stellt im Anschluss an Foucault und als philosophische Korrektur von dessen Konzept der Biopolitik die These auf, dass Biopolitik, indem sie den Menschen auf einen biologischen Nullwert zuruckzufuhren versucht, das nackte Leben zum eigentlichen Subjekt der Moderne macht. Ausgehend von Carl Schmitts Souveranitatskonzept, kommt Agamben zu einer Interpretation des Konzentrationslagers als "nomos der Moderne", wo Recht und Tat, Regel und Ausnahme, Leben und Tod ununterscheidbar werden. In den zwischen Leben und Tod siechenden Haftlingen, aber auch in den Fluchtlingen von heute sieht er massenhaft real gewordene Verkorperungen des homo sacer und des nackten Lebens.

Die philosophische Begrundung dessen, dass diese Moglichkeit keineswegs nur historisch ist, hat eine Diskussion entfacht, die weit uber Italien und Europa hinausreicht. Agambens Buch stellt den Begriff der Souveranitat als Schlusselbegriff fur das Verstandnis von Politik in der abendlandischen Geschichte dar. Auch ohne philosophische Ausbildung erschliesst sich das in einer klaren, konzisen, konzentrierten Prosa verfasste Buch dem Leser leicht.

Homo Sacer I / edition suhrkamp 2068, Suhrkamp, 2007, pap, 211 pp, € 13.50, 9783518120682
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Agamben, Giorgio
Homo Sacer. Sovereign Power and Bare Life
The work of Giorgio Agamben, one of Italy's most important and original philosophers, has been based on an uncommon erudition in classical traditions of philosophy and rhetoric, the grammarians of late antiquity, Christian theology, and modern philosophy. Recently, Agamben has begun to direct his thinking to the constitution of the social and to some concrete, ethico-political conclusions concerning the state of society today, and the place of the individual within it.

In Homo Sacer, Agamben aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding. Taking his cue from Foucault's fragmentary analysis of biopolitics, Agamben probes with great breadth, intensity, and acuteness the covert or implicit presence of an idea of biopolitics in the history of traditional political theory. He argues that from the earliest treatises of political theory, notably in Aristotle's notion of man as a political animal, and throughout the history of Western thinking about sovereignty (whether of the king or the state), a notion of sovereignty as power over 'life' is implicit.

The reason it remains merely implicit has to do, according to Agamben, with the way the sacred, or the idea of sacrality, becomes indissociable from the idea of sovereignty. Drawing upon Carl Schmitt's idea of the sovereign's status as the exception to the rules he safeguards, and on anthropological research that reveals the close interlinking of the sacred and the taboo, Agamben defines the sacred person as one who can be killed and yet not sacrificed - a paradox he sees as operative in the status of the modern individual living in a system that exerts control over the collective 'naked life' of all individuals.

Homo Sacer I.1 / Meridian, Stanford UP, 1998, pap, 228 pp, € 25.90, 9780804732185
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Agamben, Giorgio
Language and Death. The Place of Negativity
Theory & History of Literature, Minnesota UP, 2006, pap, 136 pp, € 24.90, 9780816649235
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Agamben, Giorgio
Naaktheden
In korte literair-filosofische schetsen brengt Giorgio Agamben rond het beeld van het naakte menselijk lichaam de meest urgente en actuele thema's van zijn werk bijeen. Het verband tussen feest en boulimia en de verborgen theologische implicaties van naaktheid. En verder: het glorieuze lichaam van de herrezenen, die maag en geslachtsorganen hebben en zich toch niet voeden en niet de liefde bedrijven; en de nieuwe vorm van onpersoonlijke identiteit die door biometrische apparatuur op mensen wordt gedrukt. Deze lijnen komen samen in het begrip 'onwerkzaamheid'.
Uitgeverij Sjibbolet, 2011, pap, 191 pp, € 22.95, 9789491110061
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Agamben, Giorgio
Nudities
Encompassing a wide range of subjects, the ten masterful essays gathered here may at first appear unrelated to one another. In truth, Giorgio Agamben's latest book is a mosaic of his most pressing concerns. Take a step backward after reading it from cover to cover, and a world of secret affinities between the chapters slowly comes into focus. Take another step back, and it becomes another indispensable piece of the finely nuanced philosophy that Agamben has been patiently constructing over four decades of sustained research.

If nudity is unconcealment, or the absence of all veils, then Nudities is a series of apertures onto truth. A guiding thread of this collection-weaving together the prophet's work of redemption, the glorious bodies of the resurrected, the celebration of the Sabbath, and the specters that stroll the streets of Venice-is inoperativity, or the cessation of work. The term should not be understood as laziness or inertia, but rather as the paradigm of human action in the politics to come. Itself the result of inoperativity, Nudities shuttles between philosophy and poetry, philological erudition and unexpected digression, metaphysical treatise and critique of modern life. And whether the subject at hand is personal identity or the biometric apparatus, the slanderer or the land surveyor, Kafka or Kleist, every page bears the singular imprint of one of the most astute philosophers of our time.

Meridian Crossing Aesthetics Series, Stanford UP, 2010, pap, 121 pp, € 22.90, 9780804769501
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Agamben, Giorgio
Nudities
Encompassing a wide range of subjects, the ten masterful essays gathered here may at first appear unrelated to one another. In truth, Giorgio Agamben's latest book is a mosaic of his most pressing concerns. Take a step backward after reading it from cover to cover, and a world of secret affinities between the chapters slowly comes into focus. Take another step back, and it becomes another indispensable piece of the finely nuanced philosophy that Agamben has been patiently constructing over four decades of sustained research.

If nudity is unconcealment, or the absence of all veils, then Nudities is a series of apertures onto truth. A guiding thread of this collection-weaving together the prophet's work of redemption, the glorious bodies of the resurrected, the celebration of the Sabbath, and the specters that stroll the streets of Venice-is inoperativity, or the cessation of work. The term should not be understood as laziness or inertia, but rather as the paradigm of human action in the politics to come. Itself the result of inoperativity, Nudities shuttles between philosophy and poetry, philological erudition and unexpected digression, metaphysical treatise and critique of modern life. And whether the subject at hand is personal identity or the biometric apparatus, the slanderer or the land surveyor, Kafka or Kleist, every page bears the singular imprint of one of the most astute philosophers of our time.

Meridian Crossing Aesthetics Series, Stanford UP, 2010, geb, 136 pp, € 56.00, 9780804769495
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Agamben, Giorgio
Nymphs
In 1900, art historians Andre Jolles and Aby Warburg constructed an experimental dialogue in which Jolles supposed he had fallen in love with the figure of a young woman in a painting: 'A fantastic figure - shall I call her a servant girl, or rather a classical nymph?...what is the meaning of it all?...Who is the nymph? Where does she come from?. Warburg's response: in essence she is an elemental spirit, a pagan goddess in exile', serves as the touchstone for this wide-ranging and theoretical exploration of female representation in iconography.

In Nymphs Giorgio Agamben notes that academic research has lingered on the 'pagan goddess', while the concept of 'elemental spirit', ignored by scholars, is vital to the history of iconography. Tracing the genealogy of this idea, Agamben goes on to examine subjects as diverse as the aesthetic theories of choreographer Domineco da Piacenza, Friedrich Theodor Vischer's essay on the 'symbol', Walter Benjamin's concept of the dialectic image, and the bizarre discoveries of photographer Nathan Lerner in 1972. From these investigations, there emerges a startlingly original exploration of the ideas of time and the image.

Seagull / Chicago UP, 2013, geb, 66 pp, € 21.95, 9780857420947
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Agamben, Giorgio
Opus Dei. An Archaeology of Duty
In this follow-up to The Kingdom and the Glory and The Highest Poverty, Agamben investigates the roots of our moral concept of duty in the theory and practice of Christian liturgy. Beginning with the New Testament and working through to late scholasticism and modern papal encyclicals, Agamben traces the Church's attempts to repeat Christ's unrepeatable sacrifice. Crucial here is the paradoxical figure of the priest, who becomes more and more a pure instrument of God's power, so that his own motives and character are entirely indifferent as long as he carries out his priestly duties.

In modernity, Agamben argues, the Christian priest has become the model ethical subject. We see this above all in Kantian ethics. Contrasting the Christian and modern ontology of duty with the classical ontology of being, Agamben contends that Western philosophy has unfolded in the tension between the two. This latest installment in the study of Western political structures begun in Homo Sacer is a contribution to the study of liturgy, an extension of Nietzsche's genealogy of morals, and a reworking of Heidegger's history of Being.

Homo Sacer II.5 / Meridian, Stanford UP, 2013, pap, 140 pp, € 21.00, 9780804784047
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Agamben, Giorgio
Opus Dei. Archaologie des Amts
Opus dei, das 'Werk Gottes', bezeichnet in der Geschichte der katholischen Kirche die Liturgie als Vollzug des Priesteramtes Jesu Christi. Ihre Konsequenzen reichen weit uber den Glauben hinaus und konstituieren ein ontologisches Paradigma, das unsere Kultur zutiefst bestimmt und die Praxis der Menschen modelliert - wirksamer als das Gesetz, wirklicher als das Sein, absoluter als jegliche menschliche Handlung.

Im Anschluss an seine Studie 'Herrschaft und Herrlichkeit' treibt Giorgio Agamben die Untersuchung uber die theologischen Signaturen wesentlicher Begriffe der Moral und der Politik weiter. An deren Ende steht nichts Geringeres als die Forderung nach einer Philosophie, die sich von den uberkommenen Kategorien der Pflicht und des Willens trennt.

Homo Sacer Band II.5, Fischer, 2013, geb, 224 pp, € 26.00, 9783100005359
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Agamben, Giorgio
Pilatus en Jezus
Wie is Pontius Pilatus, de prefect van Judea voor wiens ogen de rechtszaak van Christus zich afspeelde, eindigend in Zijn kruisiging? Een meedogenloze tiran of een angstige ambtenaar die zich laat overhalen door de Sanhedrin om een man, die hij onschuldig acht, te veroordelen? Een ongerijmd, onbelangrijk personage, of, zoals Nietzsche omschrijft, de 'enige figuur in het Nieuwe Testament die respect verdient'? Een grillige bedrieger met mooie uitspraken ('Wat is waarheid','Zie, de Mens!','Wat ik geschreven heb heb ik geschreven') of een belangwekkend theologisch figuur zonder wie Passie en Verlossing niet zouden hebben kunnen plaatsvinden?

Alle fasen van de rechtsgang doorlopend, biedt Agamben een nieuw perspectief. In de dialoog tussen Pilatus en Jezus komen twee werelden en twee koninkrijken tegenover elkaar te staan: geschiedenis en eeuwigheid, heilig en profaan, vonnis en redding. En in deze niets-ontziende vergelijking is de rol van Pilatus in ieder opzicht beslissend.

Van de invloedrijke hedendaagse Italiaanse filosoof Giorgio Agamben - wiens werk wereldwijd is vertaald - verscheen bij Uitgeverij Sjibbolet eerder Naaktheden

Sjibbolet, 2014, pap, 64 pp, € 11.95, 9789491110207
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Agamben, Giorgio
Profanaties
In de grotendeels geseculariseerde wereld van vandaag hebben we profanatie of heiligschennis harder nodig dan ooit. Deze stelling verdedigt de invloedrijke Italiaanse filosoof Giorgio Agamben in deze prachtige verzameling essays. Steeds weer laat hij zien hoe wij worden omringd door voorwerpen en praktijken die op 'sacrale afstand' van ons staan. Alleen door een daad van profanatie kunnen wij deze afstanden overbruggen en weer vrije mensen zijn.
Boom, 2015, pap, 112 pp, € 14.90, 9789089534538
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Agamben, Giorgio
Remnants of Auschwitz. The Witness and the Archive
In this book the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben looks closely at the literature of the survivors of Auschwitz, probing the philosophical and ethical questions raised by their testimony.

"In its form, this book is a kind of perpetual commentary on testimony. It did not seem possible to proceed otherwise. At a certain point, it became clear that testimony contained at its core an essential lacuna; in other words, the survivors bore witness to something it is impossible to bear witness to. As a consequence, commenting on survivors' testimony necessarily meant interrogating this lacuna or, more precisely, attempting to listen to it. Listening to something absent did not prove fruitless work for this author. Above all, it made it necessary to clear away almost all the doctrines that, since Auschwitz, have been advanced in the name of ethics."-Giorgio Agamben

Homo sacer III, Zone Books, 2002, pap, 176 pp, € 23.95, 9781890951177
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Agamben, Giorgio
Stasis. Civil War as a Political Paradigm
In this inaugural volume of the Edinburgh Encounters in Law and Philosophy series, Giorgio Agamben focuses upon the on-going warfare European state power has waged against its most malignant enemy: civil war itself.

The survival of the State is seen to depend on its ability to preserve the political community from factional enmity. Agamben first investigates the Athenian theme of 'Stasis' - the city's struggle against internal revolt - before turning to a new reading of Hobbes' Leviathan and its approach to the peril of the commonwealth's exposure to civil strife, division and revolution.

At the heart of this book is the issue of state powers in their continuous decline - an issue that is key to the renewal of political, philosophical and legal thought.

Homo Sacer II.2 / Edinburgh Encounters in Law and Philosophy, Edinburgh UP, 2015, pap, 64 pp, € 18.95, 9781474403078
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Agamben, Giorgio
Stasis. Civil War as a Political Paradigm
We can no longer speak of a state of war in any traditional sense, yet there is currently no viable theory to account for the manifold internal conflicts, or civil wars, that increasingly afflict the world's populations. Meant as a first step toward such a theory, Giorgio Agamben's latest book looks at how civil war was conceived of at two crucial moments in the history of Western thought: in ancient Athens (from which the political concept of stasis emerges) and later, in the work of Thomas Hobbes. It identifies civil war as the fundamental threshold of politicization in the West, an apparatus that over the course of history has alternately allowed for the de-politicization of citizenship and the mobilization of the unpolitical. The arguments herein, first conceived of in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, have become ever more relevant now that we have entered the age of planetary civil war.
Homo Sacer II.2 / Meridian, Stanford UP, 2015, pap, 96 pp, € 19.50, 9780804797313
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Agamben, Giorgio
State of exception
The sequel to Agamben's Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, State of Exception is the first book to theorize the state of exception in historical and philosophical context. In Agamben's view, the majority of legal scholars and policymakers in Europe as well as the United States have wrongly rejected the necessity of such a theory, claiming instead that the state of exception is a pragmatic question. Agamben argues here that the state of exception, which was meant to be a provisional measure, became in the course of the twentieth century a normal paradigm of government. Writing nothing less than the history of the state of exception in its various national contexts throughout Western Europe and the United States, Agamben uses the work of Carl Schmitt as a foil for his reflections as well as that of Derrida, Benjamin, and Arendt.
Homo Sacer II.1, Chicago UP, 2005, pap, 98 pp, € 22.95, 9780226009254
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Agamben, Giorgio
The Church and the Kingdom
Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is the rare writer whose ideas and works have a broad appeal across many fields, and his devoted fans are not just philosophers, but readers of political and legal theory, sociology, and literary criticism as well. In March 2009, Agamben was invited to speak in Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral in the presence of the bishop of Paris and a number of other high-ranking church officials. His resulting speech, a stunningly lucid and provocative look at the history and state of the church and its role in society, is presented here. The Church and its Reign is at once a pointed attack on the institutional structure of the Catholic Church and a theoretical excursus on the concepts of messianic time and economy. Presenting an exegesis of certain key passages in the New Testament, Agamben examines the philology and philosophy at the root of the church and of its earthly reign.

With its examinations of the foundational texts of the church, which are also the foundational texts of our modern idea of economy, The Church and its Reign reveals significant connections and parallel ideologies which are imperative to understanding the current global situation. This edition of Agamben's text is accompanied by photographs by artist Alice Attie. Made from folded and twisted reproductions of paintings culled from Christian iconography, these works of art evoke the restless challenge that characterizes Agamben's four decades of philosophy and critique. This book will be welcomed by Agamben's many readers across the disciplines.

Italian List, Seagull Books London Ltd, 2012, geb, 64 pp, € 19.50, 9780857420244
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Agamben, Giorgio
The Highest Poverty. Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life
What is a rule, if it appears to become confused with life? And what is a human life, if, in every one of its gestures, of its words, and of its silences, it cannot be distinguished from the rule?

It is to these questions that Agamben's new book turns by means of an impassioned reading of the fascinating and massive phenomenon of Western monasticism from Pachomius to St. Francis. The book reconstructs in detail the life of the monks with their obsessive attention to temporal articulation and to the Rule, to ascetic techniques and to liturgy. But Agamben's thesis is that the true novelty of monasticism lies not in the confusion between life and norm, but in the discovery of a new dimension, in which "life" as such, perhaps for the first time, is affirmed in its autonomy, and in which the claim of the "highest poverty" and "use" challenges the law in ways that we must still grapple with today.

How can we think a form-of-life, that is, a human life released from the grip of law, and a use of bodies and of the world that never becomes an appropriation? How can we think life as something not subject to ownership but only for common use?

Homo Sacer IV.1 / Meridian, Stanford Up, 2013, pap, 157 pp, € 21.00, 9780804784061
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Agamben, Giorgio
The Kingdom and the Glory: For A Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government
Why has power in the West assumed the form of an 'economy', that is, of a government of men and things? If power is essentially government, why does it need glory, that is, the ceremonial and liturgical apparatus that has always accompanied it?

In the early centuries of the Church, in order to reconcile monotheism with God's threefold nature, the doctrine of Trinity was introduced in the guise of an economy of divine life. It was as if the Trinity amounted to nothing more than a problem of managing and governing the heavenly house and the world. Agamben shows that, when combined with the idea of providence, this theological-economic paradigm unexpectedly lies at the origin of many of the most important categories of modern politics, from the democratic theory of the division of powers to the strategic doctrine of collateral damage, from the invisible hand of Smith's liberalism to ideas of order and security.

But the greatest novelty to emerge from The Kingdom and the Glory is that modern power is not only government but also glory, and that the ceremonial, liturgical, and acclamatory aspects that we have regarded as vestiges of the past actually constitute the basis of Western power. Through a fascinating analysis of liturgical acclamations and ceremonial symbols of power - the throne, the crown, purple cloth, the Fasces, and more - Agamben develops an original genealogy that illuminates the startling function of consent and of the media in modern democracies. With this book, the work begun with Homo Sacer reaches a decisive point, profoundly challenging and renewing our vision of politics.

Homo Sacer II.4 / Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics, Stanford UP, 2011, pap, 328 pp, € 27.50, 9780804760164
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Agamben, Giorgio
The Sacrament of Language
Oaths play an essential part in the political and religious history of the West as a 'sacrament of power'. Yet despite numerous studies by linguists, anthropologists and historians of law and of religion, there exists no complete analysis of the oath which seeks to explain the strategic function that this phenomenon has performed at the intersection of law, religion and politics. The oath seems to define man himself as a political animal, but what is an oath and from where does it originate? Taking this question as its point of departure, Giorgio Agamben's book develops a pathbreaking 'archaeology' of the oath. Via a firsthand survey of Greek and Roman sources which shed light on the nexus of the oath with archaic legislation, acts of condemnation and the names of gods and blasphemy, Agamben recasts the birth of the oath as a decisive event of anthropogenesis, the process by which mankind became humanity. If the oath has historically constituted itself as a 'sacrament of power', it has functioned at one and the same time as a 'sacrament of language' - a sacrament in which man, discovering that he can speak, chooses to bind himself to his language and to use it to put life and destiny at stake.
Homo Sacer II.3, Polity Press, 2011, pap, 79 pp, € 23.00, 9780745649726
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Agamben, Giorgio
The Sacrament of Language
Oaths play an essential part in the political and religious history of the West as a 'sacrament of power'. Yet despite numerous studies by linguists, anthropologists and historians of law and of religion, there exists no complete analysis of the oath which seeks to explain the strategic function that this phenomenon has performed at the intersection of law, religion and politics. The oath seems to define man himself as a political animal, but what is an oath and from where does it originate? Taking this question as its point of departure, Giorgio Agamben's book develops a pathbreaking 'archaeology' of the oath. Via a firsthand survey of Greek and Roman sources which shed light on the nexus of the oath with archaic legislation, acts of condemnation and the names of gods and blasphemy, Agamben recasts the birth of the oath as a decisive event of anthropogenesis, the process by which mankind became humanity. If the oath has historically constituted itself as a 'sacrament of power', it has functioned at one and the same time as a 'sacrament of language' - a sacrament in which man, discovering that he can speak, chooses to bind himself to his language and to use it to put life and destiny at stake.
Homo Sacer II.3, Polity Press, 2011, geb, 79 pp, € 67.00, 9780745649719
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Agamben, Giorgio
The Signature of All Things. On Method
The Signature of All Things is Giorgio Agamben's sustained reflection on method. To reflect on method implies for Agamben an archaeological vigilance: a persistent form of thinking in order to expose, examine, and elaborate what is obscure, unanalyzed, even unsaid, in an author's thought. To be archaeologically vigilant, then, is to return to, even invent, a method attuned to a "world supported by a thick weave of resemblances and sympathies, analogies and correspondences." Collecting a wide range of authors and topics in a slim but richly argued volume, Agamben enacts the search to create a science of signatures that exceeds the attempts of semiology and hermeneutics to determine the pure and unmarked signs that signify univocally, neutrally, and eternally.

Three conceptual figures organize Agamben's argument and the advent of his new method: the paradigm, the signature, and archaeology. Each chapter is devoted to an investigation of one of these concepts and Agamben carefully constructs its genealogy transhistorically and from an interdisciplinary perspective. And at each moment of the text, Agamben pays tribute to Michel Foucault, whose methods he rethinks and effectively uses to reformulate the logic of the concepts he isolates. The Signature of All Things reveals once again why Agamben is one of the most innovative thinkers writing today.

Zone Books, 2009, geb, 124 pp, € 28.50, 9781890951986
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Agamben, Giorgio
The Time That Remains. A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans
In The Time That Remains, Agamben seeks to separate the Pauline texts from the history of the Church that canonized them, thus revealing them to be "the fundamental messianic texts of the West." He argues that Paul's letters are concerned not with the foundation of a new religion but rather with the "messianic" abolition of Jewish law. Situating Paul's texts in the context of early Jewish messianism, this book is part of a growing set of recent critiques devoted to the period when Judaism and Christianity were not yet fully distinct, placing Paul in the context of what has been called "Judaeo-Christianity."

Agamben's philosophical exploration of the problem of messianism leads to the other major figure discussed in this book, Walter Benjamin. Advancing a claim without precedent in the vast literature on Benjamin, Agamben argues that Benjamin's philosophy of history constitutes a repetition and appropriation of Paul's concept of "remaining time." Through a close reading and comparison of Benjamin's Theses on the Philosophy of History and the Pauline Epistles, Agamben discerns a number of striking and unrecognized parallels between the two works.

Standford UP, 2006, pap, 204 pp, € 26.00, 9780804743839
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Agamben, Giorgio
The Use of Bodies
Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer was one of the seminal works of political philosophy in recent decades. It was also the beginning of a series of interconnected investigations of staggering ambition and scope, investigating the deepest foundations of Western politics and thought.

The Use of Bodies represents the ninth and final volume in this twenty-year undertaking, breaking considerable new ground while clarifying the stakes and implications of the project as a whole. It comprises three major sections. The first uses Aristotle's discussion of slavery as a starting point for radically rethinking notions of selfhood; the second calls for a complete reworking of Western ontology; and the third explores the enigmatic concept of 'form-of-life', which is in many ways the motivating force behind the entire Homo Sacer project. Interwoven between these major sections are shorter reflections on individual thinkers (Debord, Foucault, and Heidegger), while the epilogue pushes toward a new approach to political life that breaks with the destructive deadlocks of Western thought. The Use of Bodies represents a true masterwork by one of our greatest living philosophers.

Homo Sacer IV/2, Stanford UP, 2016, pap, 320 pp, € 29.00, 9780804798402
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Agamben, Giorgio
Was von Auschwitz bleibt. Das Archiv und die Zeuge
Dieses Buch ist keine Sammlung neuer historischer Materialien zu Auschwitz, sondern "ein Kommentar zu den Zeugnissen": Es unternimmt den eigenstandigen und grundsatzlichen Versuch, Sinn und Moglichkeit des Zeugnisses uberhaupt zu klaren. Agamben bezieht Position gegen den Topos von der "Unsagbarkeit" des Lagers. Zugleich aber stellt er die Frage nach der Instanz des Zeugen: Wie konnen die Geretteten fur die Untergegangenen sprechen? Wie konnen sie von einer Erfahrung berichten, die sie nicht bis auf den Grund und bis zum Letzten selbst gemacht haben?

Agamben setzt sich dabei mit Autoren und Intellektuellen auseinander, die selbst die Erfahrung des Lagers oder der nationalsozialistischen Verfolgung gemacht haben (Levi, Antelme, Bettelheim, Arendt), und knupft theoretisch an Benvenistes Sprachtheorie sowie Foucaults Begriff der "Biopolitik" an, der bereits in Homo sacer I im Zentrum der Diskussion stand. Dieses neue und provozierende Buch uber Auschwitz hat in Italien sofort nach seinem Erscheinen eine lebhafte Debatte ausgelost.

Homo sacer III / edition suhrkamp 2300, Suhrkamp, 2003, pap, 158 pp, € 13.50, 9783518123003
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Agamben, Giorgio
What is an Apparatus? And other Essays
The three essays collected in this book offer a succinct introduction to Agamben's recent work through an investigation of Foucault's notion of the apparatus, a meditation on the intimate link of philosophy to friendship, and a reflection on contemporariness, or the singular relation one may have to one's own time.

'Apparatus' (dispositif in French) is at once a most ubiquitous and nebulous concept in Foucault's later thought. In a text bearing the same name ("What is a dispositif?") Deleuze managed to contribute its mystification, but Agamben's leading essay illuminates the notion: "I will call an apparatus," he writes, "literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture, orient, determine, intercept, model, control, or secure the gestures, behaviors, opinions, or discourses of living beings." Seen from this perspective, Agamben's work, like Foucault's, may be described as the identification and investigation of apparatuses, together with incessant attempts to find new ways to dismantle them.

Though philosophy contains the notion of philos, or friend, in its very name, philosophers tend to be very skeptical about friendship. In his second essay, Agamben tries to dispel this skepticism by showing that at the heart of friendship and philosophy, but also at the core of politics, lies the same experience: the shared sensation of being.

Guided by the question, "What does it mean to be contemporary?" Agamben begins the third essay with a reading of Nietzsche's philosophy and Mandelstam's poetry, proceeding from these to an exploration of such diverse fields as fashion, neurophysiology, messianism and astrophysics.

Meridian Series, Stanford UP, 2009, pap, 56 pp, € 19.50, 9780804762304
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Agamben, Giorgio, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaid, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Kristin Ross & Slavoj Zizek
Democracy in what State?
"Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how do you interpret the word?" In responding to this question, eight iconoclastic thinkers prove the rich potential of democracy, along with its critical weaknesses, and reconceive the practice to accommodate new political and cultural realities. Giorgio Agamben traces the tense history of constitutions and their coexistence with various governments. Alain Badiou contrasts current democratic practice with democratic communism. Daniel Bensaid ponders the institutionalization of democracy, while Wendy Brown discusses the democratization of society under neoliberalism. Jean-Luc Nancy measures the difference between democracy as a form of rule and as a human end, and Jacques Ranciere highlights its egalitarian nature. Kristin Ross identifies hierarchical relationships within democratic practice, and Slavoj Zizek complicates the distinction between those who desire to own the state and those who wish to do without it. Concentrating on the classical roots of democracy and its changing meaning over time and within different contexts, these essays uniquely defend what is left of the left-wing tradition after the fall of Soviet communism. They confront disincentives to active democratic participation that have caused voter turnout to decline in western countries, and they address electoral indifference by invoking and reviving the tradition of citizen involvement. Passionately written and theoretically rich, this collection speaks to all facets of modern political and democratic debate.
New Directions in Critical Theory Series, Columbia UP, 2011, geb, 130 pp, € 23.50, 9780231152983
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Agamben, Giorgio, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaid, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Kristin Ross & Slavoj Zizek
Democracy in What State?
"Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how do you interpret the word?" In responding to this question, eight iconoclastic thinkers prove the rich potential of democracy, along with its critical weaknesses, and reconceive the practice to accommodate new political and cultural realities. Giorgio Agamben traces the tense history of constitutions and their coexistence with various governments. Alain Badiou contrasts current democratic practice with democratic communism. Daniel Bensaid ponders the institutionalization of democracy, while Wendy Brown discusses the democratization of society under neoliberalism. Jean-Luc Nancy measures the difference between democracy as a form of rule and as a human end, and Jacques Ranciere highlights its egalitarian nature. Kristin Ross identifies hierarchical relationships within democratic practice, and Slavoj Zizek complicates the distinction between those who desire to own the state and those who wish to do without it. Concentrating on the classical roots of democracy and its changing meaning over time and within different contexts, these essays uniquely defend what is left of the left-wing tradition after the fall of Soviet communism. They confront disincentives to active democratic participation that have caused voter turnout to decline in western countries, and they address electoral indifference by invoking and reviving the tradition of citizen involvement. Passionately written and theoretically rich, this collection speaks to all facets of modern political and democratic debate.
New Directions in Critical Theory Series, Columbia UP, 2012, pap, 130 pp, € 21.00, 9780231152990
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Agamben, Giorgio, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaid, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Kristin Ross & Slavoj Zizek
Demokratie? Eine Debatte. Mit Beitragen von G. Agamben, A. Badiou, D. Bensaid, W. Brown, J.-L. Nancy, J. Ranciere, K. Ross und S. Zizek
Zu Beginn des dritten Jahrtausends ist die Situation der Demokratie paradox: Einerseits sind mehr Staaten denn jemals zuvor demokratisch verfasst, andererseits nehmen die Krisensymptome in den Staaten, die einstmals so etwas wie eine demokratische Avantgarde bildeten, zu: Die Wahlbeteiligung sinkt, schillernde Personlichkeiten wie Silvio Berlusconi oder Nicolas Sarkozy gewinnen an Bedeutung, Wahlkampfe geraten zu schalen Marketingkampagnen. Colin Crouch hat all diese Trendsin dem Band "Postdemokratie" prazise auf den Punkt gebracht. In diesem Band setzen sich nun acht herausragende politische Denkerinnen und Denker mit dem Zustand und den Perspektiven der am wenigsten schlechten aller Regierungsformen (Winston Churchill) auseinander, die tageszeitung sprach von einem "Who's who der internationalen linken Theorie". Der Diskussionsband enthalt Beitrage von Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaid, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Kristin Ross und Slavoj Zizek.
edition suhrkamp 2611, Suhrkamp, 2012, pap, 137 pp, € 18.50, 9783518126110
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Calarco, M. & S. DeCaroli
On Giorgio Agamben: Sovereignty & Life
Stanford UP, 2007, pap, 288 pp, € 24.90, 9780804750509
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Campbell, T.C.
Improper Life. Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben
Has biopolitics actually become thanatopolitics, a field of study obsessed with death?

Timothy C. Campbell argues that a 'crypto-thanatopolitics' can be teased out of Heidegger's critique of technology and that some of the leading scholars of biopolitics have been substantively influenced by Heidegger's thought. Campbell articulates a corrective biopolitics that can begin with rereadings of Foucault, Freud, and Gilles Deleuze.

Broadening biopower beyond its Nazi encampments in order to build a critique of liberalism, Campbell argues that modern politics captures life through invasive technologies of communication and consumption that promise protection from mortality, disability, boredom, and loneliness. Campbell links mass media and bioengineering to the birth of a global petty bourgeoisie defined by a terrifying lack of distance and the relentless dismantling of community. This compelling, powerfully argued book should be read by anyone interested in the futures of collective life in the age of smart bombs and cloud computing.

Posthumanities series, vol 18, Minnesota UP, 2011, pap, 189 pp, € 26.50, 9780816674657
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Dickinson, C.
Agamben and Theology
This book contains a view of the work of philosopher Giorgio Agamben in relation to his own most basic theological premises and the discipline of theology. Though the work of Italian theorist Giorgio Agamben has been increasing in popularity over the last several years in the English-speaking world, little work has been done directly on the theological legacy which actually dominates the overall force of his critical analyses, a topic which has intrigued his readers since the publication of his short book on Saint Paul's "Letter to the Romans". "Agamben and Theology" intends to illuminate such a connection by examining the theologically inflected terms that have come to dominate his work over time, including the messianic, the sacred, sovereignty, glory, creation, original sin, redemption, and revelation. "The Philosophy and Theology" series looks at major philosophers and explores their relevance to theological thought as well as the response of theology.
Philosophy and Theology, T&T Clark, 2011, pap, 230 pp, € 23.50, 9780567622242
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Durantaye, L. de la
Giorgio Agamben. A Critical Introduction
Stanford UP, 2009, pap, 463 pp, € 24.50, 9780804761437
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Lavaert, Sonja
Het perspectief van de multitude. Agamben, Machiavelli, Negri, Spinoza, Virno
In het actuele debat over democratie wordt door de Italiaanse filosofen Agamben, Negri en Virno het perspectief van de menigte naar voor geschoven als radicaal alternatief voor een moderniteit die gevangen zit in eenkennigheid. De geschiedenis is niet een verhaal maar een discontinu raamwerk van variaties, veranderingen en verschillen die nu eens bij elkaar invoegen, dan met elkaar botsen. Negri ontdekt in zijn genealogie van de moderniteit een alternatieve lijn die begint bij Machiavelli en via Spinoza leidt tot voorbij Marx. Hij koppelt kritiek en verzet aan verbeelding, aan collectieve subjectiviteit en creativiteit.

Sonja Lavaert verkent de weg die Negri aflegt door te doen zoals hij, zijn stem te volgen, in een poging hem verder door te denken. Dit brengt haar bij de actuele maatschappelijke veranderingen waarin de revolutionaire beweging van de jaren 60 een rol heeft gespeeld, en bij de teksten, context, analogieen en paradigma's van Spinoza en Machiavelli. Zij heeft speciale aandacht voor de effectiviteit van perspectivische kennis, het verschil tussen verzetsmacht en gevestigde macht, de verbeelding versus passies, schijn en realiteit. Een rode draad doorheen het oeuvre van de bestudeerde auteurs en ook in dit werk is het procede van de omkering of ontheiliging. Een voorwaarde voor politiek democratisch denken, en vervolgens voor de praktijk, is te zoeken in een radicale herziening van onze begrippen van oorzaak en tijd.

In de derde beweging van deze meerstemmige studie confronteert Lavaert de uitdrukkingen van Negri met die van de radicale tijdsgenoten bij wie de focus verschoven wordt naar kunst en taalpraktijk. Agamben gaat terug naar de principes en ziet het multitudeconcept opkomen in de vroege renaissance bij Dante. Virno zoekt de menigte in de dubbelzinnige, onbepaalde menselijke natuur en in fenomenologische analyses van actuele arbeid en levensvormen.

VUB Press, 2011, pap, 480 pp, € 29.00, 9789054878223
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Mills, Catherine
The philosophy of Agamben
Continental European Philosophy, Acumen, 2008, pap, 153 pp, € 22.50, 9781844651337
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Reeling Brouwer, Rinse
Eeuwig leven, Agamben en de theologie
Voor de filosoof Giorgio Agamben is graven in oude lagen van de theologie onontbeerlijk om te begrijpen hoe de mensheid in onze cultuur over zichzelf spreekt. Deze cultuur is vastgelopen in een doldraaiend systeem, dat het naakte leven van mensen uitschakelt juist door het in te schakelen. Het zoeken is nu naar een levensvorm die de schakelknop uitzet. Deze valt wijsgerig als 'onwerkzaamheid' te benoemen en in geloofstaal als 'eeuwig leven'.

Rinse Reeling Brouwer verkent in dit essay de uitdaging die van Agambens inzichten uitgaat voor de theologie en brengt onder meer de stem en het spreken, het rijk en de heerlijkheid, de wet en de sabbat ter sprake. Hij leert van Agamben, denkt met hem mee, gaat met hem in gesprek, spreekt hem soms tegen, weet zich dan weer door hem in verlegenheid gebracht.

Rinse Reeling Brouwer is verbonden aan de Protestantse Theologische Universiteit. Bij de vestiging Amsterdam bekleedt hij de Miskotte/Breukelman-leerstoel voor Bijbelse hermeneutiek. Bij de vestiging Groningen is hij universitair hoofddocent voor Theologiegeschiedenis.

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Reeks Oratio, Uitgeverij Sjibbolet, 2016, pap, 88 pp, € 15.50, 9789491110283
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Watkin, W.
The Literary Agamben. Adventures in Logopoiesis
Continuum, 2010, pap, 236 pp, € 33.90, 9780826443243
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Watkin, William
Agamben and Indifference. A Critical Overview
Since the publication of Homo Sacer Giorgio Agamben has become one of the world's most revered and controversial thinkers. His ideas on our current political situation have found many supporters as well as garnering strong criticism from some quarters. While his wider thoughts on topics such as language, potentiality, life, law, messianism, power, and aesthetics have had significant impact on such diverse fields as philosophy, law, theology, history, sociology, politics, cultural and literary studies. Yet although Agamben is much read, his work has often been misunderstood.

Agamben and Indifference aims to provide clarity around all the vexing issues that have been associated with Agamben's philosophy over the last two decades or more. The book is the first to fully take into account Agamben's important recent publications, which clarify his method, complete his ideas on power, and finally reveal the role of language in his overall system. Commenting in detail on these recent books alongside re-readings of the central texts from across Agamben's career, William Watkin presents a critical overview of Agamben's work that aims to give a portrait of exactly why this thinker of indifferent and suspensive legal, political, ontological and living states can rightfully be considered one of the most important philosophers in the world today.

Rowman & Littlefield, 2013, pap, 297 pp, € 39.95, 9781783480081
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