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Giorgio Agamben

(1942–) Italianphilosopher best known for his concept of homo sacer. Agamben studied at the University of Rome, completing a doctorate on the political thought of Simone Weil. In ...

citizen

citizen  

[Ge]A member of a politically or administratively defined community, having both rights and duties associated with that membership.
literary theory and the classics

literary theory and the classics   Reference library

Michael Stephen Silk

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
Subject:
Classical studies, History
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5,851 words

...to Romantic thinking (while sometimes showing a renewed interest in ancient theory: below). In the second half of the 20th cent., the traditions of independent thought and (broadly) cultural commitment are maintained by such theorists as Hans-Georg Gadamer, René Girard, Giorgio Agamben, Terry Eagleton, and Paul Ricoeur—all of whom, however, in one or other aspect, reflect the ‘subversive’ tendencies of the age. Twentieth-century subversive theories look back in spirit (and often in fact) to one or other of three great intellectual influences of modern...

literary theory and classical studies

literary theory and classical studies   Reference library

Michael Stephen Silk

The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (2 ed.)

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2014
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Classical studies, History
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5,440 words

...to Romantic thinking (while sometimes showing a renewed interest in ancient theory: below). In the second half of the 20th cent., the traditions of independent thought and (broadly) cultural commitment are maintained by such theorists as Hans-Georg Gadamer, René Girard, Giorgio Agamben, Terry Eagleton, and Paul Ricoeur—all of whom, however, in one or other aspect, reflect the ‘subversive’ tendencies of the age. Twentieth-century subversive theories look back in spirit (and often in fact) to one or other of three great intellectual influences of modern...

Legal History and Historiography in Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa

Legal History and Historiography in Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa   Reference library

Richard Waller

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources

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2019
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History, Regional and National History, Archaeology
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13,363 words

...as historians have been looking at regional economic and cultural movements, they should also look at legal transfers. 68 The concept of “states of exception,” places and spaces where the rule of law is suspended or abridged by state power, is associated with the work of Giorgio Agamben. 69 Although not addressing colonial issues directly, it nonetheless raises questions about the legal status of “states of emergency,” declared by colonial governments to deal with serious disorder without resort to martial law. Kenya and Nyasaland in the 1950s are cases in...

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