: Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy (): Giorgio Agamben, Daniel Heller-Roazen: Books. Giorgio Agamben is one of the leading figures in Italian philosophy and radical . This is the problem of potentiality, the rethinking of which Agamben takes to be. 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.

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Politics between the Possible and the Impossible Broschur, Seiten.

Giorgio Agamben (1942– )

Hans Blumenberg ridiculed both Schmitt and Hegel for hypostasizing a logical necessity into the existence of a secularized Person-God.

Are there possibilities to change the order of society? States of things are irreparable, whatever they may be: Against this destruction of experience, which is also extended in modern philosophies of the subject such as Kant and Husserl, Agamben argues that the recuperation of experience entails a radical rethinking of experience as a question of language rather than of consciousness, since it is only in language that the subject has its site and origin.

Un Potentiaality sul luogoGiulio Einuadi, Now since it is the work of one science to investigate opposites, and plurality is opposite to unity, and it belongs to one ptoentiality to investigate the negation and the privation because in both cases we are really investigating unity, to which the negation or the privation refers for we either say simply that unity is not present, or that it is not present in some particular class: But how Agamben will develop this resolution and the ethico-political implications of it in large part remains to be seen.

Nutzerkonto Meine Daten Abmelden. It remains constitutively in ambiguity.

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He does not see a possibility similar to the one Agamben wants to assert: Il potere sovrano e la nuda vitaGiulio Einuadi, Here we have the place of the alpha-privative as pointing towards what is neither not one thing nor not something in relation to another, but, since it is negated with a privation and not agambem negation, still points to a presence or existence of some sort.


Are they already present in the situation, or do they have to potentiapity actively created? Everyone waiting was in the same position, having experienced the disappearance or arrest of a relative, a neighbor or a friend and not knowing what exactly was happening or why it was happening.

Mortley and most other commentators are therefore unwilling to draw any ontological conclusions potentialiyt these facts. Or rather, of a thing neither something nor nothing but nevertheless relating somehow, potentialitj thus having a relation.

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.

Despite this range of interests, however, a sustained commitment to certain theoretical issues—particularly language and history—lends the volume a coherence.

The second is that steresis also appears in the discussion of the pros ti category, that is, the category of relation. Potentiality in Agamben S. Instead, he suggests, this is only possible in an experience of pltentiality that has never yet been: There is a contradiction in this project, however.

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. While dedicated to the memory of Martin Heidegger, whom Agamben here names as the last of Western philosophers within this book, also most evidently bears the influence of Aby Warburg.

For Aristotle, the transition from voice to language is a founding condition of political community, since speech makes possible a distinction between the just and the unjust.

This book collects fifteen major philosophical essays written over a period of more than twenty years by acclaimed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben.


Rather, it is exactly in the crisis of contemporary politics that the means for overcoming the present dangers also appear. Let us look briefly at the claims Agamben makes in relation to Aristotle.

The dissertation was defended in July and is agambeen being prepared for publication in the Subjektile -Series of Diaphanes Publishers. In Book Delta of the Metaphysics we read: But even without this speculation Agamben finds another foothold for his intuition, for it points to a kind of hexis of a capacity one has that is something and, at the same time nothing.

La Parola e il fantasma nella cultura occidentaleGiulio Einuadi, Turin, In this way then, the relation of potentiality to actuality described by Aristotle accords perfectly with the logic of the ban that Agamben poyentiality is characteristic of sovereign power, thereby revealing the fundamental integration of metaphysics and politics.

Here is the contradiction: Three fundamental concepts organize the collection as a whole: According to Agamben, the camp is the space opened when the exception becomes the rule or the normal situation, as was the case in Germany in the period immediately before and throughout World War 2.

Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writingsed. Collected Essays in Philosophytrans.

Agamben continues this reflection on the self-referentiality of language as a means of transforming the link between language and metaphysics that underpins Western philosophical anthropology in Language and Death, originally published in Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

The essays that follow articulate a series of theoretical confrontations with privileged figures in the history of potehtiality, politics, pitentiality criticism, from Plato to Spinoza, Aristotle to Deleuze, Carl Schmitt to Benjamin, Hegel to Aby Warburg, and Heidegger to Derrida.