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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It is both the product of sovereignty and its overcoming in the sense of being separate from it. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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Against this destruction of experience, which is also extended in modern philosophies of the subject such as Kant and Husserl, Agamben argues that the recuperation of experience entails a radical rethinking of experience as a question of language rather than of consciousness, since potentialigy is only in language that the subject has its site and origin.

Giorgio AgambenDaniel Heller-Roazen. Eine Antwort auf Gertrud Koch In: In addressing this conflict between Schmitt and Benjamin, Agamben argues that in contemporary politics, the state of exception identified by Schmitt in which the law is suspended by the sovereign, has in fact become the rule. Under the section on Histroy, for example, we have essays on Aby Warburg and the man’s legacy in the refiguration of the study of art history; on Tradition; on Hegel’s Absolute and Heiddeger’s Ereignis; on Walter Benjamin’s Angel of History; and on Agsmben rumination on the Messiah in realtion to the Sovereign.

Each section has under it a number of essays loosely pertaining to that category.

Giorgio Agamben (1942– )

The subject of the law is simultaneously turned over to the law and left bereft by it. The problem for Agamben, though, is that both Hegel and Heidegger ultimately maintain a split within language – which he sees as a consistent element of Western thought from Aristotle to Wittgenstein – in their identification of an ineffability or unspeakability that cannot be brought into human discourse but which is no its condition.


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Agamen essays consider figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Plotinus, Spinoza, and Hegel and twentieth-century thought most notably Walter Benjamin, but also Heidegger, Derrida, Deleuze, the historian Aby Warburg, and the linguist J.

And if privation is not in a sense having, things are called capable homonymously.

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The Problem of Law in Walter Benjamin. That is the origin of Husserl’s “sedimentation,” and hence the return to the “things themselves. This volume is indicative of Agamben’s broad range of interests. Let us look briefly at the claims Agamben makes in relation to Aristotle. From Potentiality to Inexistence Bruno Bosteels. States of things are irreparable, whatever they may be: While dedicated to the memory of Martin Heidegger, whom Agamben here names as the last of Western philosophers within this book, also most evidently bears the influence of Aby Warburg.

In this, Agamben argues that the contemporary age is marked by the destruction or loss of experience, in which the banality of everyday life cannot be experienced per se but only undergone, a condition which is in part brought about by the rise of modern science and the split between the subject of experience and of knowledge that it entails. The chapter on Deleuze “Absolute Immanence” is especially profound as it sets out to explain Deleuze’s idea of “life” in the context of other thinkers such as Kant, Spinoza, Husserl and Heidegger.

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 allows the human to be reduced to bare life in biopolitical capture.

Potentialities, or more precisely, potentia passiva. Importantly, Agamben argues that it is precisely this non-coincidence of the speaking being and living being and the impossibility of speech revealed in it that provides the condition of possibility of testimony.


The word “facticity” is confusing because it implies making factum est verumbut is the very opposite of any making ie, thrownness. In this volume, Foucault argued that modern power was characterized by a fundamentally different rationality than that of sovereign power.

In this way, he suggests, the human is able to endure the inhuman. This is why, if potentiality is to have its own consistency and not always disappear immediately into actuality, it is necessary that potentiality be able not to pass over into actuality, that potentiality constitutively be the potentiality not to do or beor, as Aristotle says, that potentiality be also im-potentiality adynamia.

Write a customer review. Nutzerkonto Meine Daten Abmelden. Sovereign Power and Bare Lifetrans. What Agamben means by this is particularly unclear, not least because he sees elaboration of these concepts as requiring a fundamental overturning of the metaphysical grounds of western philosophy, but also because they gesture toward a new politics and ethics that remain largely to be thought.

Il potere sovrano e la nuda vita Turin: Given this critique of the camps and the pltentiality of the law that is revealed in, but by no means limited to, the exceptional space of them, it is no surprise that Agamben takes the most extreme manifestation of the condition of the camps as a starting point for an elaboration of an ethics without reference to the law, a term that is taken to encompass normative discourse in its entirety.

A bit earlier, Aristotle himself states: See all 3 reviews. On the Destruction of Experience Radical Thinkers. The Will of the People.