Catastrophe and Redemption
The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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...this book has been years in the making, and i have accumulated debts too numerous to do justice to. i would like to thank all those brilliant readers who provided critical responses to elements of it: Mark Kelly, alison Ross, Nina Philadelphoff-Puren, Sarah tayton, Vicki Sentas, Justin Clemens, eve Vincent, Costas Douzinas, Liz humphries, Nick heron, Yoni Molad, eric ...
Introduction: On Catastrophe and Redemption
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This is forgetfulness: that you remember the past and not remember In March 2009, Giorgio Agamben gave an address inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. In the audience were a number of high-ranking Church officials, including the Bishop of Paris. Although his talk has been described as a homily, its content was far from edifying. ?An evocation of final things, ...
Chapter 1: The Politics of Life
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A German Aristotle who wished to construct his Politics on the basis of our society would begin by writing: ?Man is a social but wholly Less than a month after the September 11 attacks on New York and Wash-ington, the United States began air strikes against Afghanistan. In the speech announcing the bombings, U.S. President George W. Bush invoked ...
Chapter 2: Politics at the Limits of the Law: On the State of Exception
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The accumulated anguish of individuals who fear for their lives brings ?Carl Schmitt, The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas HobbesIn State of Exception, Agamben discusses a series of lawless feasts?the Sat-urnalia, the charivari, and the Carnival?during which lawfulness would give way to chaos, hierarchies would be overturned and social norms openly ...
Chapter 3: If This Is a Man: Life after Auschwitz
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In Remnants of Auschwitz, Agamben recounts the story of Aldo Carpi, a professor of painting who survived the Nazi Lager because the SS became aware of his artistic talents and commissioned paintings from him. Amid the horror of the camp, Carpi painted family portraits of his captors from photographs, Italian landscapes, and Venetian nudes. The ability to repro-...
Chapter 4: “I Would Prefer Not To”: Bartleby, Messianism, and the Potentiality of the Law
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...?I was thunderstruck. For an instant I stood like the man who, pipe in mouth, was killed one cloudless afternoon long ago in Virginia, by sum-mer lightning; at his own warm open window he was killed, and remained leaning out there upon the dreamy afternoon, till someone touched him, when he fell.?1 With these words, the narrator of Herman Melville?s Bartleby ...
Chapter 5: A New Use: On the Society of the Spectacle and the Coming Politics
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Among the voluminous speculations on the ?world to come? that have accompanied messianic prophecies, one stands out, not for the extravagance of its predictions, but for the very banality of its account of redemption. In the Coming Community, Agamben recounts the following tale, as told by Walter Benjamin to Ernst Bloch: ?The Hassidim tell a story about the ...
Conclusion: Unemployment and the Ungovernable
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Tear gas refreshes the army of bondholders; the Greek for General If further evidence is needed that the present is indeed catastrophic, we need look no further than contemporary Greece to find it. In a context of intractable financial crisis, one of ?the most drastic drops in living standards that post-war Europe has seen? has reduced large sections of the population ...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy