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Sergei Prozorov's Agamben and Politics : a Critical Introduction PDF

By Sergei Prozorov

ISBN-10: 0748676201

ISBN-13: 9780748676200

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Tracing how the common sense of inoperativity works within the domain names of language, legislation, background and humanity, Agamben and Politics systematically introduces the elemental innovations of Agamben's political suggestion and a seriously translates his insights within the wider context of latest philosophy.

Agamben's commentators and critics are likely to specialize in his robust critique of the Western political culture within the Homo Sacer sequence. yet this slim concentration serves to imprecise the final constitution of Agamben's political proposal, that is neither detrimental nor severe yet affirmative. Sergei Prozorov brings out the affirmative temper of Agamben's political concept, targeting the idea that of inoperativity, which has been critical to Agamben's paintings from his earliest writings

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Yet the absence of heroes does not seek to make these times any less violent: the swords are abundant and the art of murder well developed, yet it seems to have lost its point, since the ‘gates to India’ have ‘receded’. This account of the age resonates with Agamben’s description of our contemporary ‘politics’ as a nihilistic machine whose tasks have long been abandoned but which continues to run on empty, though no less violently than before. [We] are witnessing the incessant though aimless motion of the [governmental] machine, which, in a sort of colossal parody of theological oikonomia, has assumed the legacy of the providential governance of the world; yet instead of redeeming our world, this machine is leading us to catastrophe.

They were all local people, with the exception of one person no one knew, a very poor ragged man. All sorts of things were discussed, and then it was suggested that everyone should tell what wish he would make if one were granted him. One man wanted money, another wished for a son-in-law, a third dreamed of a new carpenters’ bench. After they had finished, only the beggar in his dark corner was left. Reluctantly and hesitantly he answered the question: ‘I wish I were a powerful king reigning over a big country.

Yet the absence of heroes does not seek to make these times any less violent: the swords are abundant and the art of murder well developed, yet it seems to have lost its point, since the ‘gates to India’ have ‘receded’. This account of the age resonates with Agamben’s description of our contemporary ‘politics’ as a nihilistic machine whose tasks have long been abandoned but which continues to run on empty, though no less violently than before. [We] are witnessing the incessant though aimless motion of the [governmental] machine, which, in a sort of colossal parody of theological oikonomia, has assumed the legacy of the providential governance of the world; yet instead of redeeming our world, this machine is leading us to catastrophe.

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