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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

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Natalie Depraz

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...by their increasingly differentiated activities. Bare life (It. la nuda vita ; Ger. das bloße Leben ) “Bare life” is a central term in Giorgio Agamben ’s political philosophy designating a life stripped of all activities, attributes, qualities, and qualifications. Early in his book Homo sacer , Agamben announces that “the protagonist of this book is bare life” (11; trans. Heller-Roazen, 8). That book’s reader might well wonder, however, what this “bare life” is and in what sense it is bared. Is it a good thing, on the order of a purification; a...

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Natalie Depraz

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...thus a discontinuity between the natural community of living beings, whose primary figure is that of the family, and the political community, which introduces a specific kind of life that includes language and the awareness of justice and injustice. Bibliography Agamben, Giorgio . Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life . Translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen . Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998. In this respect, the Husserlian “lifeworld” ( Lebenswelt ) lies in between the two forms of community distinguished by Aristotle. It is both a natural...

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Daniel Heller-Roazen

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...the full realization of impotentiality. Actuality shows itself as an impotentiality turned back upon itself: a potentiality capable of not not being and, in this way, of passing into the act. Daniel Heller-Roazen Bibliography Giorgio Agamben . Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life . Translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen . Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. Giorgio Agamben . Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy . Edited and translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen . Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999. Heidegger, Martin . Aristotle’s...

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Jean Bollack

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...this Orphic language as it becomes abstracted within a third space, and as it rises up out of this poetry that is stripped bare. The passage through negation was a necessary one. Poetry in the figure of a swan leaves behind it “ ce lac dur que hante sous le givre / le transparent glacier des vols qui n’ont pas fui ” (Beneath the frost of a forgotten lake / Clear flights of glaciers not fled away; trans. John Holcombe ). The world of life is thus divided, and also leaves behind the raw matter of frozen traces: “ Un cygne d’autrefois se souvient ” (In past...

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Pascal David

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...The difficulty inherent in translating the Latin word by the French one was emphasized by Scipion Dupleix in his Métaphysique ( 1617 ): [W]e are obliged to note that in our French language we have no term that corresponds energetically to the Latin existentia , which means the bare entity, the simple and naked being of things, without considering any order or rank that they hold in relation to the others. Bibliography Cicero, Marcus Tullius . Cicero’s Letters to Atticus . Edited by D. R. Shackleton Bailey . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1965–68....

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Ben Kafka

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...and the ‘medium’ out of either a disenchanted or jubilant fascination, then it is because something is exposed or laid bare” ( Being Singular Plural ). Ben Kafka Bibliography Adorno, Theodor W. “Résumé über Kulturindustrie.” In Ohne Leitbild . Frankfurt: Suhrhampf Verlag, 1967. Translation by Anson G. Rabinbach : “Culture Industry Reconsidered.” New German Critique 6 (Fall 1975): 12–19. Babbage, Charles . Passages from the Life of a Philosopher . London: Longman, Green, 1864. Bacon, Francis . The Major Works . Edited by Brian Vickers . Oxford:...

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Jean-François Courtine

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...“bare entity” It should be noted that the author (Scipio Dupleix [ 1569–1661 ]) who apparently first introduced the word existence in its technical usage into French also referred, if not to esse solum ( to einai monon ), at least to “naked entity”: It is thus certain that there is a notable difference between the existence and the essence of things. But in order to hear it best we must observe that in our French language we do not have a term which responds energetically to the Latin existentia , which signifies the bare entity, the simple and bare...

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Alain Badiou

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... Language Stripped Bare by Its Philosophers ➤ CIVIL SOCIETY , COMBINATION AND CONCEPTUALIZATION , COMMON SENSE , ENGLISH , ERZÄHLEN , EUROPE , GERMAN , GREEK , ITALIAN , LOGOS , PEOPLE , POLITICS , PORTUGUESE , REASON , RUSSIAN , SEX , TO BE , WORD ORDER The establishment of thought in the French language took on a political meaning from the start: the privilege given to French does not derive from any intrinsic character of the language, but instead from the possibility of a universal and democratic philosophical communication. A...

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