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Agamben, Giorgio 1942-

Works: 595 works in 2,165 publications in 11 languages and 40,748 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Personal narratives  Exhibition catalogs  Rules 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Creator, Translator, Other, zxx, Dedicatee, Production personnel, wst, Publishing director
Classifications: BH201, 195
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State of exception by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

44 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 803 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
Stanzas : word and phantasm in Western culture by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

65 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Questo libro propone la ricostruzione di quattro capitoli fondamentali della cultura europea: la teoria del fantasma nella poesia d'amore del '200 (La parola e il fantasma); il concetto di malinconia dai Padri della chiesa a Freud (I fantasmi di Eros); l'opera d'arte di fronte al dominio della merce (Nel mondo di Odradek); la forma emblematica dal '500 alla nascita della semiologia (L'immagine perversa). Così la ricostruzione della teoria del fantasma nella filosofia medievale apre la via a una interpretazione della teoria dell'amore cortese e a una lettura inedita di alcuni testi poetici: da Cavalcanti a Dante
Remnants of Auschwitz : the witness and the archive by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 589 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
Potentialities : collected essays in philosophy by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 542 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
The open : man and animal by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 473 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 coming community by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kingdom and the glory : for a theological genealogy of economy and government by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

42 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 464 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{u2014}the throne, the crown, purple cloth, the Fasces, and more{u2014}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
Profanations by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has always been an original reader of texts, understanding their many rich 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. "In Praise of Profanity," the central essay of this short 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." From back cover
The end of the poem : studies in poetics by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 418 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)
Means without end : notes on politics by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 404 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 )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 401 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
Democracy in what state? by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and French and held by 387 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
Infancy and history : the destruction of experience by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

20 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language and death : the place of negativity by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the symbiosis of philosophy and literature in understanding negativity
Cy Twombly : sculptures 1992-2005 by Cy Twombly( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idea of prose by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

28 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The highest poverty : monastic rules and form-of-life by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

14 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 241 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
Stasis : civil war as a political paradigm by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

15 editions published in 2015 in English and Italian and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We can no longer speak of a state of war in any traditional sense, yet there is currently no viable theory to account for the manifold internal conflicts, or civil wars, that increasingly afflict the world's populations. Meant as a first step toward such a theory, Giorgio Agamben's latest book looks at how civil war was conceived of at two crucial moments in the history of Western thought: in ancient Athens (from which the political concept of stasis emerges) and later, in the work of Thomas Hobbes. It identifies civil war as the fundamental threshold of politicization in the West, an apparatus that over the course of history has alternately allowed for the de-politicization of citizenship and the mobilization of the unpolitical. The arguments herein, first conceived of in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, have become ever more relevant now that we have entered the age of planetary civil war
Opus Dei : an archaeology of duty by Giorgio Agamben( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and French and held by 131 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
Giorgio Agamben by Alex Murray( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giorgio Agamben is one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory. His work covers a broad array of topics from biblical criticism to Guantanamo bay and the 'war on terror'. Alex Murray explains Agamben's key ideas, including: an overview of his work from first publication to the present; clear analysis of Agamben's philosophy of language and life; theories of ethics and 'witnessing'; and, the relationship between Agamben's political writing and his work on aesthetics and poetics. Investigating the relationship between politics, language, literature, aesthetics and ethics, this guide is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex nature of modern political and cultural formations
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Alternative Names

Agamben 1942-

Agamben, Džordžo 1942-

Agamben, G. 1942-

Agamben, G. (Giorgio)

Agamben, G. (Giorgio), 1942-

Agamben, Giorgio

Georgius Agamben

Giorgio Agamben Italiaans filosoof

Giorgio Agamben Italian philosopher

Giorgio Agamben italienischer Philosoph und Autor

Giorgio Agamben philosophe italien

Giorgio Agamben włoski filozof

Τζόρτζιο Αγκάμπεν Ιταλός φιλόσοφος

Джорджо Агамбен

Џорџо Агамбен италијански филозоф

جورجو آگامبن نویسنده و فیلسوف ایتالیایی

جۆرجۆ ئاگامبێن

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아감벤, 조르조 1942-

아감벤, 조르지오 1942-

조르조 아감벤

アガンベン, ジョルジョ

アガンベン, ジョルジョ 1942-



Stanzas : word and phantasm in Western cultureRemnants of Auschwitz : the witness and the archivePotentialities : collected essays in philosophyThe open : man and animalThe coming communityThe kingdom and the glory : for a theological genealogy of economy and governmentProfanationsThe end of the poem : studies in poetics