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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 ...

Agamben, Giorgio

Agamben, Giorgio (1942)   Reference library

Julia Ng

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...in Western Culture (1977). Translated by Ronald L. Martinez . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. Other Sources Geulen, Eva . Giorgio Agamben zur Einführung . Revised and expanded edition. Hamburg, Germany: Junius Verlag, 2009. La Durantaye, Leland de . Giorgio Agamben: A Critical Introduction . Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2009. Mills, Catherine . The Philosophy of Agamben . Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008. Julia...

citizen

citizen  

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

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Theodore Jennings

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics

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...short. Giorgio Agamben has insisted that it is precisely the urgency of what Paul refers to as the now time ( ho nun kairos ) in which it is necessary and possible to enact the coming justice that characterizes messianic politics, then and now ( 2005 , pp. 59–78). For those who suppose that there is no such time compression, that things never really change, the dream or hope of communism will always seem to be foolish, something that Paul also said with respect to his proclamation of the cross ( 1 Cor 1:18 ). Bibliography Agamben, Giorgio . The Time...

Melancholy

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Michael Ann Holly

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...Roland ; Derrida, Jacques ; Freud, Sigmund ; Klein, Melanie ; Kristeva, Julia ; Lacan, Jacques Marie ; and Winnicott, Donald Woods .] Bibliography Abraham, Karl . Selected Papers of Karl Abraham, M.D . Edited by Ernest Jones . New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1927. Agamben, Giorgio . Stanzas: Word and Phantasm in Western Culture . Translated by Ronald L. Martinez . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. Barthes, Roland . Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography . Translated by Richard Howard . New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1981....

Warburg, Aby Moritz

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Spyros Papapetros

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...one era or area to the next. Even if contradictory and at times polarizing, all of these posthumous commentaries attest to the resilience and versatility of Warburg’s aesthetic fragments as well as the oscillating vitality underpinning his historical projects. [ See also Agamben, Giorgio ; Burckhardt, Jacob ; Cassirer, Ernst ; Empathy ; Gombrich, Ernst Hans Josef ; Iconography and Iconology ; Image Theory ; Panofsky, Erwin ; and Schmarsow, August . ] Bibliography Works by Warburg Ausgewählte Schriften und Würdigungen . Edited by Dieter Wuttke ....

Habit

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Aron Vinegar

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...operates in the realm of automaticity and the unthought, its particular negotiation between being and having—an engendering of the self from one’s own way of being—can be taken as a possibility for creative “work on the self,” a free granting of the self (an “improperty” as Giorgio Agamben calls it), or a prime opportunity for capitalist modes of propriety, property, and ownership to take hold. It is hardly surprising that one of the first self-help books, Maxwell Maltz’s Psycho-Cybernetics ( 1960 ), has a chapter titled “You Can Acquire the Habit of...

Iconography and Iconology

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Philip Armstrong

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...philosophy of vision and its iconography . His claim bears repeating in the iconographic and iconological traditions it reopens. [ See also Benjamin, Walter ; Icon ; Iconoclasm: Iconoclasm and Iconophobia ; Interpretation ; and Panofsky, Erwin . ] Bibliography Agamben, Giorgio . “Aby Warburg and the Nameless Science.” In Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy , edited by Daniel Heller-Roazen , pp. 89–103. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2000. Bätschmann, Oskar . “Logos in der Geschichte: Erwin Panofskys Ikonologie.” In Kategorien...

Dance

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Francis Sparshott, Graham McFee, Mark Franko, Mark Franko, Erin Brannigan, and André Lepecki

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...Rancière’s succinct formulation, “our world is not contemporary to its thought” ( 2013 , p. 62)—a statement echoing Giorgio Agamben’s own understanding of the contemporary: “Those who coincide too well with the epoch, those who are perfectly tied to it in every respect, are not contemporaries, precisely because they do not manage to see it; they are not able to firmly hold their gaze on it” ( 2009 , p. 41). Both Rancière and Agamben understand the “contemporary” as a critical sensibility detached from those norms, precepts, and perceptions that govern an...

Politics

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Thijs Lijster, Steven C. Dubin, Mark Antliff, and James Miller

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...by actively engaging certain social groups in art projects. These kinds of projects also meet with much criticism, however—for at what point does political art turn into downright politics ( De Bruyne and Gielen, 2011 )? [ See also Adorno, Theodor Wiesengrund ; Agamben, Giorgio ; Anti-Art ; Autonomy ; Badiou, Alain ; Benjamin, Walter ; Education, Aesthetic ; Ideology ; Law and Art ; Nancy, Jean-Luc ; National Endowment for the Arts ; Rancière, Jacques ; and Sociology of Art .] Bibliography Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory...

ANIMAL

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Natalie Depraz

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...In Agamben’s hands, bare life is linked both to an ideal conception—one where individual lives are not weighed, measured, judged, or valued against their fulfillment of certain criteria (being red, Communist, Italian, etc.)—and to a potentially dangerous one, as in instances where individuals and groups are stripped of all rights associated with such belonging and reduced to a mere nude or bare life, subjected to unqualified suffering. Leland De la Durantaye Bibliography Agamben, Giorgio . “Bartleby o Della contingenza.” In Giorgio Agamben and Gilles...

TO BE

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Daniel Heller-Roazen

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

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...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 Metaphysics Theta, 1-3: On...

Educational Biopolitics

Educational Biopolitics   Reference library

Gregory Bourassa

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Education

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...of forms of death not only precede but also yield the relational conditions for the production of life. This is best captured in Giorgio Agamben’s ( 1998 ) portrait of homo sacer , the “impure” figure who, relegated to bare life , must not be sacrificed. In managing or governing homo sacer , while the figure is not to be put to death, anyone who does so can kill with impunity. Importantly, for Agamben, it is this production of bare life that is the foundational activity of sovereignty and biopower, for it creates a sovereign sphere in which...

LOGOS

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Barbara Cassin, Clara Auvray-Assayas, Frédérique Ildefonse, Jean Lallot, Sandra Laugier, and Sophie Roesch

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.... London: Verso, 1993. Agamben, Giorgio . Language and Death: The Place of Negativity . Translated by Karen E. Pinkus with Michael Hardt . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991. Agamben, Giorgio . Means without Ends: Notes on Politics . Translated by Vincenzo Binetti and Cesare Casarino . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. Agamben, Giorgio . Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy . Edited and translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen . Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999. Agamben, Giorgio . Remnants of Auschwitz:...

SUBJECT

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Étienne Balibar, Barbara Cassin, and Alain de Libera

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...For this reason, remnant is a concept that Agamben applies not only to an entire people, but also to its individual members. For this reason he will claim that “the subject is a sort of remnant” (ibid.). The remnant is a response to the totalizing nature of dialectical thinking and its gradual elimination of differences. It is thus a paradigm for a conception of both part and whole. Leland De la Durantaye Bibliography Agamben, Giorgio . “Das unheilige Leben: Ein Gespräch mit dem italienischen Philosophen Giorgio Agamben.” Interview with Hannah Leitgeb and ...

ERLEBEN

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Natalie Depraz

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...There is 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...

DEMOS

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Étienne Balibar

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...Rome, and Jerusalem are thus more than ever providing symbols for the invention of political modernity. Centuries have passed, but who can say that this is over? Étienne Balibar Bibliography Agamben, Giorgio . The Time that Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans . Translated by Patricia Dailey . Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005. Agamben, Giorgio . “What Is a People?” In Means Without Ends: Notes on Politics , translated by Vincenzo Binetti and Cesare Casarino . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. Aristotle . ...

NEIGHBOR

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Kenneth Reinhard

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...adherences are minimally specified and infinitely expansive. Kenneth Reinhard Bibliography Adorno, Theodor . “On Kierkegaard’s Doctrine of Love.” Studies in Philosophy and Social Sciences . 8 (1940): 413–29. Agamben, Giorgio . The Coming Community . Translated by Michael Hardt . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. Agamben, Giorgio . The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans . Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005. Arendt, Hannah . Love and Saint Augustine . Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1998....

Ethical Issues in Higher Education Pedagogy

Ethical Issues in Higher Education Pedagogy   Reference library

Viviana Mancovsky

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Education

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...contemporary to one’s time.” Giorgio Agamben explains what this concept of contemporariness is about: Contemporariness is then a singular relationship with one’s time, which adheres to it and, at the same time, keeps a distance from it. More precisely, it is that relationship with time that adheres to it through a disjunction and an anachronism. Those who coincide too well with the epoch, those who are perfectly tied to it in every respect are not contemporaries, precisely because they do not manage to see it. ( Agamben, 2009 , p. 1) Therefore, reflecting...

LANGUAGE

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Irène Rosier-Catach, Barbara Cassin, Pierre Caussat, and Anne Grondeux

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...and which has no need for explicit recollection to reproduce itself. Irène Rosier-Catach Barbara Cassin (II.A) Pierre Caussat (I.B) Anne Grondeux (I.A) Bibliography Abbon de Saint-German . 22 Predigten . Edited by U. Önnerfors . Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1985. Agamben, Giorgio . “Le lingue e i popoli.” In Mezzi senza fine: Note sulla politica . Turin: Bollati Boringhieri, 1996. Translation by Vincenzo Binetti and Cesare Casarino : “The Language and the People.” In Means without End: Notes on Politics . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota...

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