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Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

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In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud made abundantly clear what he thought about the biblical injunction, first articulated in Leviticus 19:18 and then elaborated in Christian teachings, to love one's neighbor as oneself. and#8220;Let us adopt a naive attitude towards it,and#8221; he proposed, and#8220;as though we were hearing it for the first time; we shall be unable then to suppress a feeling of surprise and bewilderment.and#8221; After the horrors of World War II, the Holocaust, and Stalinism, Leviticus 19:18 seems even less conceivableand#8212;but all the more urgent nowand#8212;than Freud imagined.

In The Neighbor, three of the most significant intellectuals working in psychoanalysis and critical theory collaborate to show how this problem of neighbor-love opens questions that are fundamental to ethical inquiry and that suggest a new theological configuration of political theory. Their three extended essays explore today's central historical problem: the persistence of the theological in the political. In and#8220;Toward a Political Theology of the Neighbor,and#8221; Kenneth Reinhard supplements Carl Schmittand#8217;s political theology of the enemy and friend with a political theology of the neighbor based in psychoanalysis. In and#8220;Miracles Happen,and#8221; Eric L. Santner extends the book's exploration of neighbor-love through a bracing reassessment of Benjamin and Rosenzweig. And in an impassioned plea for ethical violence, Slavoj and#381;iand#382;ekand#8217;s and#8220;Neighbors and Other Monstersand#8221; reconsiders the idea of excess to rehabilitate a positive sense of the inhuman and challenge the influence of Levinas on contemporary ethical thought.

A rich and suggestive account of the interplay between love and hate, self and other, personal and political, The Neighbor has proven to be a touchstone across the humanities and a crucial text for understanding the persistence of political theology in secular modernity. This new edition contains a new preface by the authors.

Synopsis:

One of Italy's most original philosophers aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding.

Synopsis:

One of Italy's most original philosophers aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding.

Synopsis:

“Agambens intuition, chronicle and meditation are fascinating.”—The Review of Politics

“The story of homo sacer is certainly worth reading because of its suggestiveness and provocations.”—Modernism/Modernity

About the Author

Giorgio Agamben teaches philosophy at the University of Venice.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Logic of Sovereignty: 1. The paradox of sovereignty; 2. 'Nomos Basileus'; 3. Potentiality and law; 4. Form of law; Threshold; Part II. Homo Sacer: 1. Homo sacer; 2. The ambivalence of the sacred; 3. Sacred life; 4. 'Vitae Necisque Potestas'; 5. Sovereign body and sacred body; 6. The ban and the wolf; Threshold; Part III. The Camp as Biopolitical Paradigm of the Modern: 1. The politicization of life; 2. Biopolitics and the rights of man; 3. Life that does not deserve to live; 4. 'Politics, or giving form to the life of a people'; 5. VP; 6. Politicizing death; 7. The camp as the 'Nomos' of the modern; Threshold; Bibliography; Index of names.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804732185
Translator:
Heller-Roazen, Daniel
Author:
Heller-Roazen, Daniel
Author:
ek, Slavoj
Author:
Reinhard, Kenneth
Author:
Slavoj and#142
Author:
Hamacher, Werner
Author:
Santner, Eric L.
Author:
E.K.
Author:
Wellbery, David E.
Author:
and#142
Author:
Agamben, Giorgio
Author:
iand#158
Author:
Zizek, Slavoj
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Location:
Stanford, Calif. :
Subject:
Political
Subject:
State, the
Subject:
Sovereignty
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Concentration camps
Subject:
Religion and politics
Subject:
Right to life.
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
TRIOS
Series Volume:
no. 97-10
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 line drawings
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in

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One of Italy's most original philosophers aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding.
"Synopsis" by , One of Italy's most original philosophers aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding.
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“Agambens intuition, chronicle and meditation are fascinating.”—The Review of Politics

“The story of homo sacer is certainly worth reading because of its suggestiveness and provocations.”—Modernism/Modernity

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