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The adventure

Author: Giorgio Agamben
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An ancient legend identifies Demon, Chance, Love, and Necessity as the four gods who preside over the birth of every human being. We must all pay tribute to these deities and should not try to elude or dupe them. To accept them, Giorgio Agamben suggests, is to live one's life as an adventure - not in the trivial sense of the term, with lightness and disenchantment, but with the understanding that adventure, as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Agamben, Giorgio, 1942-
Adventure.
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017028335
(OCoLC)1002288306
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Giorgio Agamben
ISBN: 9780262345231 0262345234
OCLC Number: 1028228466
Description: 1 online resource
Other Titles: Avventura.
Responsibility: Giorgio Agamben ; translated by Lorenzo Chiesa.

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An ancient legend identifies Demon, Chance, Love, and Necessity as the four gods who preside over the birth of every human being. We must all pay tribute to these deities and should not try to elude or dupe them. To accept them, Giorgio Agamben suggests, is to live one's life as an adventure - not in the trivial sense of the term, with lightness and disenchantment, but with the understanding that adventure, as a specific way of being, is the most profound experience in our human existence. In this pithy, poetic, and compelling book, Agamben maps a journey from poems of chivalry to philosophy, from Yvain to Hegel, from Beatrice to Heidegger. The four gods of legend are joined at the end by a goddess, the most elusive and mysterious of all: Elpis, Hope. In Greek mythology, Hope remains in Pandora's box, not because it postpones its fulfillment to an invisible beyond but because somehow it has always been already satisfied. Here, Agamben presents Hope as the ultimate gift of the human adventure on Earth. --

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