The philosophy of Agamben by Agamben, Giorgio; Mills, Catherine

By Agamben, Giorgio; Mills, Catherine

Giorgio Agamben has received frequent attractiveness lately for his rethinking of radical politics and his method of metaphysics and language. even if, the extreme breadth of historic, criminal and philosophical assets which give a contribution to the complexity and intensity of Agamben's pondering may also make his paintings intimidating. protecting the total diversity of Agamben's paintings, this severe creation outlines Agamben's key issues: metaphysics, language and potentiality, aesthetics and poetics, sovereignty, legislations and biopolitics, ethics and testimony, and his strong imaginative and prescient of post-historical humanity. Highlighting the newness of Agamben's process whereas additionally situating it on the subject of the paintings of different continental thinkers, "The Philosophy of Agamben" offers a transparent and interesting creation to the paintings of this unique and influential philosopher

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56). While more must be said about the notion of history that Agamben is developing, I set this aside for now and return to questions of history, temporality and origin in Chapter 5. For now, what is important is simply the idea of the fundamental historicity of the human, evident in the conclusive quote from Agamben in which history and the human are identified in the instant of transition between language and discourse. At this point, one final question can bring our consideration of the notion of infancy to a conclusion: how is infancy not simply a reiteration of negative foundation that Agamben is so critical of in Language and Death and to which he opposes the thought of infancy?

Drawing on both Freud and Marx, Agamben poses an intriguing analysis of commodity fetishism and object relations in terms of possession and joy, which emphasizes the challenge of appropriating the inappropriable. In the third and final section of the chapter, I turn to another dimension of the notion of a new relation to objects, that is, in terms of their production rather than representation. In this, I outline the contribution that Agamben makes to the philosophy of aesthetics, particularly in his dense but elegant book The Man Without Content.

Qxd 2/10/08 5:46 PM Page 36 THE PHILOSOPHY OF AGAMBEN synthesis of poetry and philosophy, which gives rise to an understanding of “critique” as a particular way of knowing. In the first part of this chapter, I discuss Agamben’s concerted analyses of poetics and briefly outline his understanding of critique. Following this, I shift focus slightly to consider more closely some of the epistemological, and ultimately political, implications of the experimentum linguae. In particular, I outline the notion of the Idea of language and necessity of appropriating the “thing itself ” of language.

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