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Agamben, Giorgio 1942-

Works: 566 works in 1,796 publications in 3 languages and 29,017 library holdings
Genres: History  Rules  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Personal narratives  Commentaries  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Contributor, Other, Translator, Production personnel, Dedicatee
Classifications: BD450, 195
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Most widely held works by Giorgio Agamben
The open man and animal by Giorgio Agamben ( )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 1,677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 'The Open', contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben considers the ways in which the 'human' has been thought of as either a distinct and superior type of animal, or a kind of being that is essentially different from animal altogether
The highest poverty monastic rules and form-of-life by Giorgio Agamben ( )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is a rule, if it appears to become confused with life? And what is a human life, if, in every one of its gestures, of its words, and of its silences, it cannot be distinguished from the rule? It is to these questions that Agamben's new book turns by means of an impassioned reading of the fascinating and massive phenomenon of Western monasticism from Pachomius to St. Francis. The book reconstructs in detail the life of the monks with their obsessive attention to temporal articulation and to the Rule, to ascetic techniques and to liturgy. But Agamben's thesis is that the true novelty of monasticism lies not in the confusion between life and norm, but in the discovery of a new dimension, in which "life" as such, perhaps for the first time, is affirmed in its autonomy, and in which the claim of the "highest poverty" and "use" challenges the law in ways that we must still grapple with today
The kingdom and the glory for a theological genealogy of economy and government by Giorgio Agamben ( )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why has power in the West assumed the form of an "economy," that is, of a government of men and things? If power is essentially government, why does it need glory, that is, the ceremonial and liturgical apparatus that has always accompanied it?In the early centuries of the Church, in order to reconcile monotheism with God's threefold nature, the doctrine of Trinity was introduced in the guise of an economy of divine life. It was as if the Trinity amounted to nothing more than a problem of managing and governing the heavenly house and the world. Agamben shows that, when combined with the idea o
Opus Dei an archaeology of duty by Giorgio Agamben ( )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this follow-up to The Kingdom and the Glory and The Highest Poverty, Agamben investigates the roots of our moral concept of duty in the theory and practice of Christian liturgy. Beginning with the New Testament and working through to late scholasticism and modern papal encyclicals, Agamben traces the Church's attempts to repeat Christ's unrepeatable sacrifice. Crucial here is the paradoxical figure of the priest, who becomes more and more a pure instrument of God's power, so that his own motives and character are entirely indifferent as long as he carries out his priestly
Democracy in what state? by Giorgio Agamben ( )
19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Concentrating on the classical roots of democracy and its changing meaning over time and within different contexts, these essays uniquely defend what is left of the left-wing tradition after the fall of Soviet communism. They confront disincentives to active democratic participation that have caused voter turnout to decline in Western countries, and they address electoral indifference by invoking and reviving the tradition of citizen involvement. Passionately written and theoretically rich, this collection speaks to all facets of modern political and democratic debate. --Book Jacket
Homo sacer by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
18 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The work of Giorgio Agamben, one of Italy's most important and original philosophers, has been based on an uncommon erudition in classical traditions of philosophy and rhetoric, the grammarians of late antiquity, Christian theology, and modern philosophy. Recently, Agamben has begun to direct his thinking to the constitution of the social and to some concrete, ethico-political conclusions concerning the state of society today, and the place of the individual within it. In Homo Sacer, Agamben aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding. Taking his cue from Foucault's fragmentary analysis of biopolitics, Agamben probes with great breadth, intensity, and acuteness the covert or implicit presence of an idea of biopolitics in the history of traditional political theory. He argues that from the earliest treatises of political theory, notably in Aristotle's notion of man as a political animal, and throughout the history of Western thinking about sovereignty (whether of the king or the state), a notion of sovereignty as power over 'life' is implicit. The reason it remains merely implicit has to do, according to Agamben, with the way the sacred, or the idea of sacrality, becomes indissociable from the idea of sovereignty. Drawing upon Carl Schmitt's idea of the sovereign's status as the exception to the rules he safeguards, and on anthropological research that reveals the close interlinking of the sacred and the taboo, Agamben defines the sacred person as one who can be killed and yet not sacrificed--a paradox he sees as operative in the status of the modern individual living in a system that exerts control over the collective 'naked life' of all individuals"--Provided by publisher
State of exception by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
15 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A noted Italian philosopher examines emergency measures such as the Bush administration's indefinite detention of suspected terrorists, arguing that such policies, rather than being pragmatic and temporary necessities, has become a customary method of governments seeking to circumvent the rule of law, and has the dangerous potential of transforming democracies into dictatorships
Potentialities : collected essays in philosophy by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
17 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book, which collects fifteen essays in philosophy written over a period of more than twenty years, constitutes the largest and most significant collection of writings by the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben to be published in any language." "The volume opens with an introduction in which the editor situates Agamben's work with respect to both the history of philosophy and contemporary European thought. 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."--Jacket
Remnants of Auschwitz : the witness and the archive by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
20 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This work looks closely at the literature of the survivors of Auschwitz, probing the philosophical and ethical questions raised by their testimony
The end of the poem : studies in poetics by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
16 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Though most of the essays make specific reference to various authors of the Italian literary tradition (including Dante, Polifilo, Pascoli, Delfini, and Caproni), they transcend the confines of Italian literature and engage several other literary and philosophical authors (Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Boethius, the Provencal poets, Mallarme, and Holderlin, among others)
The coming community by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
17 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Means without end : notes on politics by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this critical rethinking of the categories of politics within a new sociopolitical and historical context, the distinguished political philosopher Giorgio Agamben builds on his previous work to address the status and nature of politics itself. Bringing politics face-to-face with its own failures of consciousness and consequence, Agamben frames his analysis in terms of clear contemporary relevance. He proposes, in his characteristically allusive and intriguing way, a politics of gesture--a politics of means without end
The man without content by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this book, one of Italy's most important and original contemporary philosophers considers the status of art in the modern era. He takes seriously Hegel's claim that art has exhausted its spiritual vocation, that it is no longer through art that Spirit principally comes to knowledge of itself. He argues, however, that Hegel by no means proclaimed the "death of art" (as many still imagine) but proclaimed rather the indefinite continuation of art in what Hegel called a "self-annulling" mode."--Jacket
Language and death : the place of negativity by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
11 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the symbiosis of philosophy and literature in understanding negativity
Profanations by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
14 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and French and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a collection of pivotal essays by a provocative Italian philosopher on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains.The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has always been an original reader of texts, understanding their many rich and multiple historical, aesthetic, and political meanings and effects. In "Profanations", Agamben has assembled for the first time some of his most pivotal essays on photography, the novel, and film. A meditation on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains, Profanations proves yet again that Agamben is one of the most provocative writers of our time. In ten essays, Agamben ponders a series of literary and philosophical problems: the relation among genius, ego, and theories of subjectivity; the problem of messianic time as explicated in both images and lived experience; parody as a literary paradigm; and the potential of magic to provide an ethical canon.The range of topics and themes addressed here attest to the creativity of Agamben's singular mode of thought and his persistent concern with the act of witnessing, sometimes futile, sometimes earth-shattering: the talking cricket in Pinocchio; "helpers" in Kafka's novels; pictorial representations of the Last Judgment, of anonymous female faces, and of "Rosebud," the infamous object of obsession in Citizen Kane. "In Praise of Profanity," the central essay of this small but dense book, confronts the question of profanity as the crucial political task of the moment. An act of resistance to every form of separation, the concept of profanation reorients perceptions of how power, consumption, and use interweave to produce an urgent political modality and desire: to profane the unprofanable. Agamben not only provides a new and potent theoretical model but describes it with a writerly style that itself forges inescapable links among literature, politics, and philosophy
Infancy and history : the destruction of experience by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
15 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The time that remains : a commentary on the letter to the Romans by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Situating Paul's texts in the context of early Jewish messianism, this book is part of a set of critiques devoted to the period when Judaism and Christianity were not fully distinct, placing Paul in the context of what has been called "Judaeo-Christianity." The exploration of messianism leads to the other figure discussed, Walter Benjamin
Stanzas : word and phantasm in Western culture by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is an apparatus? : and other essays by Giorgio Agamben ( Book )
9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is an apparatus? was originally published in Italian in 2006 under the title: Che cos'è un dispositivo?; The friend was originally published in Italian in 2007 under the title: L'amico; and, What is the contemporary? was originally published in Italian in 2008 under the title: Che cos'è il contemporaneo
Cy Twombly : sculptures 1992-2005 by Cy Twombly ( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Agamben 1942-
Agamben, G. 1942-
Agamben, G. (Giorgio), 1942-
Agamben, Giorgio
アガンベン, ジョルジョ
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