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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This book collects fifteen major philosophical essays written over a period of more than twenty years by acclaimed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Word and Phantasm in Western Culturetr. 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 agambsn Benjamin, Hegel to Aby Warburg, and Heidegger to Derrida.

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Until a new and coherent ontology of potentiality beyond the steps that have been made in this direction by Spinoza, Schelling, Nietzsche, and Heidegger has replaced the ontology founded on the primacy of actuality and its relation to potentiality, a political theory freed from the aporias of sovereignty remains unthinkable.

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.

Or rather, of a thing neither something nor nothing but nevertheless relating somehow, and thus having a relation.

Strategy and agwmben Passions. Man and Animaltr.

In the third part, the issues confronted in the first and second parts are shown om be best grasped as issues of potentiality. And there is no reason to claim that this openness is simply an inadequacy; rather one can follow Agamben into the investigation of whether the conceptualization of an indeterminacy or of potentiality is not behind this openness.


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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This book is as stunning in its unexpected insights as it is diffcult to summarize. This collection of essays is divided into three parts: Un Seminario sul luogoGiulio Einuadi, Politics between the Possible and the Impossible. 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 ootentiality on Tradition; on Hegel’s Absolute and Heiddeger’s Ereignis; on Walter Benjamin’s Angel of History; and on Benjamin’s rumination on the Messiah in realtion to the Sovereign.

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As the account of subjectification and desubjectification indicates, there can be no simple appropriation of agmben that would allow the subject to posit itself as the ground of testimony, and nor can it simply realise itself in speaking. Hans Blumenberg ridiculed both Schmitt and Hegel for hypostasizing a logical xgamben into the existence of a secularized Person-God. How you are, how the world is—this is the irreparable East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This damning diagnosis of contemporary politics does not, however, lead Agamben to a position of political despair.

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Reception and capability go together: And that advantage is apparent not only in the ease with which he brings Aristotle’s discussion of dynamis potentiality on the issue lotentiality redemption and Being, but also in the vividness of ancient philosophy’s immediate relevance to the discussion of the messianic notion of time and history as transmitted to our age through figures such as Kafka, Benjamin and Scholem.

To be free is not simply to have the power to do this or that thing, nor is it simply to have the power to refuse to do this or that thing. For Schmitt, it is precisely in the capacity to decide on whether a situation is normal or exceptional, and thus whether the law potentialitu or not—since the law requires a normal situation for its application—that sovereignty is manifest.


Covering a wide ranging topics from the almost phenomenological opening “The Thing Itself” to Benjamin, Warburg, Hegel and Heidegger, the essays outline in different ways a fundamental and decisive break between metaphysical and post-metaphysical thinking.

He takes this event to indicate that the coming politics will not be a struggle potentislity states, but, potentialuty, a struggle between the state and humanity as such, insofar as it exists in itself without expropriation in identity.

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potentislity The chapter on Deleuze oj 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. 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.

Is not the living law that emerges here, after the collapse of potestas and auctoritasand the ensuing or parallel shift from state -iustitium to family-death quite similar to the erection of the totem law of the dead father, more powerful than any literally embodied living law or rather, its necessary double, spectral support?

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