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Giorgio Agamben’s Political Theory

Giorgio Agamben’s Political Theory   Reference library

Oliver W. Lembcke

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies

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...gouvernementale Maschine: Zur politischen Theorie Giorgio Agambens (pp. 29–44). Münster, Germany: Unrast. Kiesow, R.-M. (2005). Law and life. In A. Norris (Ed.), Politics, metaphysics, and death: Essays on Giorgio Agamben’s homo sacer (pp. 248–261). Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Kioupkiolis, A. (2017). Commoning the political, politicizing the common: Community and the political. In J.-L. Nancy , R. Esposito , & G. Agamben (Eds.), Contemporary Political Theory , 17 (3), 283–305. Kurotschka, V. G. (2004). Lebensform, nacktes Leben, Untätigkeit...

Giorgio Agamben

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 1966 and 1968 he ...
biopower

biopower  

A form of political power that revolves around populations (humans as a species or as productive capacity) rather than individuals (humans as subjects or citizens). The focus of much of his late ...
Agamben, Giorgio

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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..., Giorgio ( 1942–  ) Italian philosopher . Born in Rome, Agamben studied at the University of Rome, where he completed a doctorate on the political thought of Simone Weil. He undertook postdoctoral study in Germany, participating in Martin Heidegger ’s seminars on Heraclitus and Hegel . He was close friends with Pier Paolo Pasolini (who gave him the bit part of the Apostle Philip in his film The Gospel According to St Mathew ( 1964 )) and Italo Calvino , two of Italy’s most prominent intellectuals of the period. Passionate about Walter...

homo sacer

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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...critical theory because Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has devoted several books to exploring the intricacies of its multi-layered meaning. Homo sacer is a paradoxical figure: it is the one who may not be sacrificed, yet may be murdered with impunity. In this sense, the homo sacer is outside or beyond both divine and human law. Agamben’s provocative thesis is that the homo sacer is evidence not merely of an original ambivalence in the notion of the sacred, as anthropology has long contended, but that the realm of the political itself is...

Agamben, Giorgio

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Julia Ng

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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..., Giorgio (b. 1942 ), Italian philosopher . Agamben works in the fields of literary and aesthetic theory, philosophical anthropology, and political philosophy; he is editor of the Italian edition of Walter Benjamin’s collected works ( 1979–1996 ). Agamben is best known for his contributions to political and critical legal theory. Since the 1995 publication of Homo Sacer I , the first volume of his on-going elaboration of the work on biopolitics initiated by Michel Foucault, key concepts of his argument—such as homo sacer , bare life, and state of...

biopower

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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...new kind of political rationality biopower because it concerned itself with every aspect of life, right down to its most minute parts, though only in the abstract. It was interested in the health of the people in statistical terms, not existential terms—it cared about how people live and die, but not who lives and dies. For the first time in history, Foucault argues, biological existence was reflected in political existence, and in consequence the very existence of the species itself was wagered on political questions. Giorgio Agambens theory of bare life ...

value

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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...or equally problematically the right to die of terminally ill patients versus the medical profession’s commitment to life. As both Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben have pointed out, however, placing a value on life in this way has given rise to a new form of governmentality that they both describe as biopower . In economics, it is Karl Marx , above all others, who has devoted the most effort to thinking through what value means. But his theory builds on a long line of philosophical inquiry, beginning with Aristotle who first observed that there...

Articulations of Sovereignty

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Claudia Aradau

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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...Theory 8 (1), 1–44. Hindess, B. (2001) The Liberal Government of Unfreedom. Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 26 (2), 93–112. Hindness, B. (2005) Citizenship and Empire. In T.B. Hansen , and F. Stepputat (eds.) Sovereign Bodies: Citizens, Migrants, and States in the Postcolonial World . Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 241–56. Hobbes, T . (1985) Leviathan . London: Penguin. First published 1651. Huysmans, J. (2008) The Jargon of the Exception: On Schmitt, Agamben and the Absence of Political Society. International Political...

Sovereignty as a Problematic Conceptual Core

Sovereignty as a Problematic Conceptual Core   Reference library

Rosemary E. Shinko

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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...the Other . London: Routledge. Burns, J. (ed.) (1991) The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450–1700 . Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Calarco, M. , and DeCaroli, S. (eds.) (2006) Sovereignty and Life: Essays on Giorgio Agamben . Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Camilleri, J. , and Falk, J. (1992) The End of Sovereignty? The Politics of a Shrinking and Fragmenting World . Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Campbell, D. (1993) Politics without Principle: Sovereignty, Ethics, and the Narratives of the Gulf War . Boulder,...

Communism

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Theodore Jennings

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics

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...early Marxism. The sense that the old order is passing away, that the social, political, economic order of the world as we know it is under sentence of death, is doomed to perishing, the sense that the new is about to come into being, that the time has grown 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...

Materialist Criticism

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Roland Boer

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation

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...separating culture, religion, ideology, politics, society, and economics into discrete fields. In the work of many of the scholars noted earlier, the social sciences, as well as history, archaeology, economics, and political science, are as crucial to analysis as literary and theoretical concerns. [ See also Class Criticism ; Economics and the Bible ; Social Sciences, subentry Hebrew Bible ; and Social Sciences, subentry New Testament . ] Bibliography Agamben, Giorgio . The Time That Remains: A Commentary on...

Critical Theory, Security, and Emancipation

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K.M. Fierke

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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...to what Giorgio Agamben ( 1998 ) refers to as “bare life.” The citizen of “normal politics,” derived, for instance, from Aristotle’s conception, engages in political debate and decision making. In Foucault’s argument, sovereign power revolves around the governance of populations and biological life rather than political life. The subject of politics is no longer the potential agency of the citizen, but the management of life itself. In this respect, the founding political image of the West has shifted from “Athens to Auschwitz” ( Agamben 2004 :169). Auschwitz...

Introduction to Italian

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The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation

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...was much slower in forming. Vico was not translated until the 1940s, when Max H. Fisch and Thomas G. Bergin published fluent versions of the autobiography and Scienza nuova (3rd edn., 1744 , The New Science) with illuminating expositions. In the 1970s and 1980s, when Anglo-American culture was strongly influenced by concurrent developments in Continental philosophy, translations of Antonio Gramsci and Galvano della Volpe responded to the burgeoning interest in cultural and political theory. The debates on postmodernism and ethics at the close of the 20th...

Late Modernity/Postmodernity

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Alina Sajed

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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...J. (2006) The Politics of Insecurity: Fear, Migration, and Asylum in the EU . London: Routledge. Huysmans, J. (2008) The Jargon of Exception – on Schmitt, Agamben and the Absence of Political Society. International Political Sociology 2, 165–83. Inayatullah, N. , and Blaney, D. (2004) International Relations and the Problem of Difference . London: Routledge. Isin, E. (2002) Being Political: Genealogies of Citizenship . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Isin, E. (2005) Engaging, Being, Political. Political Geography 24,...

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....

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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...to the theory of antiquity. This is one of many corroborative indications that Romanticism is indeed the decisive turning-point between ‘ancient’ and ‘modern’. Another is the way that more recent, ‘subversive’ movements continue, likewise, to mount explicit challenges 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...

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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...to the theory of antiquity. This is one of many corroborative indications that Romanticism is indeed the decisive turning-point between ‘ancient’ and ‘modern’. Another is the way that more recent, ‘subversive’ movements continue, likewise, to mount explicit challenges 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...

Warburg, Aby Moritz

Warburg, Aby Moritz (1866–1929)   Reference library

Spyros Papapetros

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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...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 . Baden-Baden...

Security Practices

Security Practices   Reference library

Thierry Balzacq, Tugba Basaran, Didier Bigo, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet, and Christian Olsson

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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...of Louvain, University of Kent, Sciences Po Paris/King’s College London, University of Manchester, and Sciences Po Paris References Agamben, G. (1998) Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life . D. Heller-Roazen , trans. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Agamben, G. (2004) State of Exception . K. Attel , trans. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Albert, M. , Jacobson, D. , and Lapid, Y. (eds.) (2001) Identities, Borders, Orders: Rethinking International Relations Theory . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Anafe (2006) ...

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