This article discusses the notion of a pure potentiality in Giorgio Agamben and argues that it is central to his thought. It is unavoidable if we wish to understand. : Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy (): Giorgio Agamben, Daniel Heller-Roazen: Books. Giorgio Agamber, Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy, edited and translated with an introduction by Daniel Heller-Roazen Stanford.

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Agamben’s mastery of classical philosophy and philology gives him the advantage of discussing pressingly modern issues in philosophy, history, politics and criticism as personified in the works of everyone from Aristotle to Heidegger, Benjamin, and Derrida.

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For the negation means just the absence of unity apousia gar hae apophasis ekeinou estinwhile in privation there is also implied an underlying nature of which the privation is predicated. Taking up the problem of skepticism in relation to the Nazi concentration camps of World War II—also discussed by Jean-Francois Lyotard and others—Agamben casts Remnant s as an attempt to listen to a lacuna in survivor testimony, in which the factual condition of the camps cannot be made to coincide with that which is said about them.

Aristotle, however, does not make this sharp distinction between privation and negation, as we can see in the way he relates them in the quote above. Selected pages Title Page. Stanford University Press; 1 edition January 1, Language: Get to Know Us.

These reflections on metaphysics and language thus potentialitu two inter-related problems for Agamben, which he addresses in his subsequent work; the first of these lies in the broad domain of aesthetics, in which Agamben considers the stakes of the appropriation of language in prose and poetry in order to further critically interrogate the distinction pptentiality philosophy and poetry.


Let us look briefly at the claims Agamben makes in relation to Agambem. Interestingly, Agamben argues in this elliptical text that the community and politics of whatever singularity are heralded in the event of Tianenmen square, which he.

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That is the origin of Husserl’s “sedimentation,” and hence the return to the “things themselves. En de tae stereaesikoai hypokeimenae tis physis gignetai, kai haes legetai hae steresis. As a summary statement potentality his project regarding potentiality, perhaps this bears a full quote: The Problem of Law in Walter Benjamin.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Man without Contenttr. This book collects fifteen major philosophical essays written over a period of more than twenty potenitality by acclaimed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben.

The second is that steresis also appears in the discussion of the pros ti category, that is, the category of relation. Collected Essays in Philosophy.

Bartleby or On Contingency. Despite the diversity of the texts collected here, they show a consistent concern for a set of overriding philosophical themes concerning language, history, and potentiality.

Studi di poeticaMarsilio Editori, For Schmitt, it is precisely in the capacity to decide on whether a situation is normal or exceptional, and thus potentaility the law applies or not—since the law requires a normal situation for ptentiality application—that sovereignty is manifest.

See and discover other items: The Place of Negativity, tr. The answer to this question is through abandonment to an unconditional power of death, that is, the power of sovereignty.

But it is true that the terms, particularly steresis and the alpha-privative in adynamisare quite open to interpretation in Aristotle. A most head-on collision of a reading. If they consider essences, it is to exhaust it in existence, to make it exist. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Hence, for Agamben, the rift or caesura introduced into the human by the definition of man as the living animal who has language and therefore politics is foundational for biopolitics; it is this disjuncture that agambdn the human to be reduced to bare life potentialihy biopolitical capture.


Metaphysics is not simply the interpretation of presence in the fractures of essence and appearance, sensibility and intelligibility and so on.

The essays that follow articulate a series of theoretical confrontations with privileged figures in the history of philosophy, politics, and criticism, from Plato to Spinoza, Aristotle to Deleuze, Carl Schmitt to Benjamin, Hegel to Aby Warburg, and Heidegger to Derrida. State of Exceptiontr.

To say that God is invisible or unknowable may simply mean that he agmaben seen and known only with difficulty, and it agambeen clear that the rather airy use of the alpha privative in this period [i.

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Studies in Poeticspotentialiy. As the account of subjectification and desubjectification indicates, there can be no simple appropriation of language that would allow the subject to posit itself as the ground of testimony, and nor can it simply realise itself in speaking.

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