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Agamben, Giorgio 1942-

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The open : man and animal by Giorgio Agamben( )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 2,116 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( )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,975 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( )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,929 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 of providence, this theological-economic paradigm unexpectedly lies at the origin of many of the most important categories of modern politics, from the democratic theory of the division of powers to the strategic doctrine of collateral damage, from the invisible hand of Smith's liberalism to ideas of order and security. But the greatest novelty to emerge from The Kingdom and the Glory is that modern power is not only government but also glory, and that the ceremonial, liturgical, and acclamatory aspects that we have regarded as vestiges of the past actually constitute the basis of Western power. Through a fascinating analysis of liturgical acclamations and ceremonial symbols of power--the throne, the crown, purple cloth, the Fasces, and more--Agamben develops an original genealogy that illuminates the startling function of consent and of the media in modern democracies. With this book, the work begun with Homo Sacer reaches a decisive point, profoundly challenging and renewing our vision of politics."--Publisher's description
Opus Dei : an archaeology of duty by Giorgio Agamben( )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,795 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 duties. In modernity, Agamben argues, the Christian priest has become the model ethical subject. We see this above all in Kantian ethics. Contrasting the Christian and modern ontology of duty with the classical ontology of being, Agamben contends that Western philosophy has unfolded in the tension between the two. This latest installment in the study of Western political structures begun in Homo Sacer is a contribution to the study of liturgy, an extension of Nietzsche's genealogy of morals, and a reworking of Heidegger's history of Being
Democracy in what state? by Giorgio Agamben( )

35 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,494 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
Means without end : notes on politics by Giorgio Agamben( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,114 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 use of bodies by Giorgio Agamben( )

22 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer was one of the seminal works of political philosophy in recent decades. It was also the beginning of a series of interconnected investigations of staggering ambition and scope, investigating the deepest foundations of Western politics and thought. The Use of Bodies represents the ninth and final volume in this twenty-year undertaking, breaking considerable new ground while clarifying the stakes and implications of the project as a whole. It comprises three major sections. The first uses Aristotle's discussion of slavery as a starting point for radically rethinking notions of selfhood; the second calls for a complete reworking of Western ontology; and the third explores the enigmatic concept of "form-of-life, " which is in many ways the motivating force behind the entire Homo Sacer project. Interwoven between these major sections are shorter reflections on individual thinkers (Debord, Foucault, and Heidegger), while the epilogue pushes toward a new approach to political life that breaks with the destructive deadlocks of Western thought. The Use of Bodies represents a true masterwork by one of our greatest living philosophers.--
The fire and the tale by Giorgio Agamben( )

31 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is at stake in literature? Can we identify the fire that our stories have lost, but that they strive, at all costs, to rediscover? And what is the philosopher's stone that writers, with the passion of alchemists, struggle to forge in their word furnaces? For Giorgio Agamben, who suggests that the parable is the secret model of all narrative, every act of creation tenaciously resists creation, thereby giving each work its strength and grace. The ten essays brought together here cover works by figures ranging from Aristotle to Paul Klee and illustrate what urgently drives Agamben's current research. As is often the case with his writings, their especial focus is the mystery of literature, of reading and writing, and of language as a laboratory for conceiving an ethico-political perspective that places us beyond sovereign power."
What is philosophy? by Giorgio Agamben( )

13 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In attempting to answer the question posed by this book's title, Giorgio Agamben does not address the idea of philosophy itself. Rather, he turns to the apparently most insignificant of its components: the phonemes, letters, syllables, and words that come together to make up the phrases and ideas of philosophical discourse. A summa, of sorts, of Agamben's thought, the book consists of five essays on five emblematic topics: the Voice, the Sayable, the Demand, the Proem, and the Muse. In keeping with the author's trademark methodology, each essay weaves together archaeological and theoretical investigations: to a patient reconstruction of how the concept of language was invented there corresponds an attempt to restore thought to its place within the voice; to an unusual interpretation of the Platonic Idea corresponds a lucid analysis of the relationship between philosophy and science, and of the crisis that both are undergoing today. In the end, there is no universal answer to what is an impossible or inexhaustible question, and philosophical writing - a problem Agamben has never ceased to grapple with - assumes the form of a prelude to a work that must remain unwritten. --Back cover
Creation and anarchy : the work of art and the religion of capitalism by Giorgio Agamben( )

7 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Karman : a brief treatise on action, guilt, and gesture by Giorgio Agamben( )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to be responsible for our actions? In this brief and elegant study, Giorgio Agamben traces our most profound moral intuitions back to their roots in the sphere of law and punishment. Moral accountability, human free agency, and even the very concept of cause and effect all find their origin in the language of the trial, which Western philosophy and theology both transform into the paradigm for all of human life. In his search for a way out of this destructive paradigm, Agamben not only draws on minority opinions within the Western tradition but engages at length with Buddhist texts and concepts for the first time. In sum, Karman deepens and rearticulates some of Agamben's core insights while breaking significant new ground.--
What is real? by Giorgio Agamben( )

7 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this philosophical detective story, Giorgio Agamben reads the mysterious 1938 disappearance of atomic physicist Ettore Majorana as an intentional and decisive objection to how quantum physics had reduced the real to probability
State of exception by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 809 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
The coming community by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

53 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this extraordinary and original philosophical achievement, Agamben develops the concept of community and the social implications of his philosophical thought. Agamben's exploration is, in part, a contemporary response to the work of Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, and, more historically, Plato, Spinoza, and medieval scholars and theorists of Judeo-Christian scriptures. -- Provided by publisher
Pilate and Jesus by Giorgio Agamben( )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pontius Pilate is one of the most enigmatic figures in Christian theology. His role in the trial of Jesus is taken as a starting point in this study of the function of legal judgment in western society
Sovereign power and bare life by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 634 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
Potentialities : collected essays in philosophy by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 626 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 )

25 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 615 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
Idea of prose by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

54 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of the poem : studies in poetics by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 476 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)
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Democracy in what state?
The kingdom and the glory : for a theological genealogy of economy and governmentDemocracy in what state?Means without end : notes on politicsState of exceptionThe coming communitySovereign power and bare lifePotentialities : collected essays in philosophyRemnants of Auschwitz : the witness and the archive
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Agamben 1942-

Agamben, Đorđo

Agamben, Džordžo

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Agamben, G.

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Agamben, G. (Giorgio)

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Τζόρτζιο Αγκάμπεν Ιταλός φιλόσοφος

Агамбен, Джорджо, 1942-

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