Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

By Jessica Whyte

Deals a remarkable new analyzing of Agamben’s political notion and its implications for political motion within the current. hard the widely used account of Agamben as a pessimistic philosopher, disaster and Redemption proposes a studying of his political suggestion during which the redemptive component to his paintings isn't a curious apart yet as a substitute is key to his venture. Jessica Whyte considers his serious account of up to date politics—his argument that Western politics has been “biopolitics” for the reason that its inception, his critique of human rights, his argument that the country of exception is now the norm, and the paradigmatic importance he attributes to the focus camp—and indicates that it really is in the middle of those catastrophes of the current that Agamben sees the potential of a sort of profane redemption. Whyte outlines the significance of potentiality in his try and formulate a brand new politics, examines his relation to Jewish and Christian strands of messianism, and interrogates the recent types of praxis that he situates inside of modern commodity tradition, taking Agamben’s idea as a decision for the construction of recent political kinds.

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