Collected Essays in Philosophy
Potentialities by Giorgio Agamben
Book DescriptionThis book collects fifteen major philosophical essays written over a period of more than twenty years by acclaimed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. 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. Three fundamental concepts organize the collection as a whole: language, in the sense not of particular statements but rather the very taking place of speech, the pure fact of language's existence; history, as it appears from a perspective in which tradition, transmission, and memory reach their messianic fulfillment; and potentiality, understood as a fundamental problem of metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of language. All these topics converge in the final part of the book, in which Agamben offers an extensive reading of Melville's short story "Bartleby the Scrivener" as a work that puts potentiality and actuality, possibility and reality, in an altogether new light.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780804732789
(5830mm x 3895mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Giorgio Agamben
Use of Bodies, Paperback (March 2016)
"Originally published in Italian in 2014 under the title L'uso dei corpi."
Stasis, Paperback (September 2015)
A first step toward a viable theory of the manifold internal conflicts that afflict the world's populations today, this 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.
Pilate and Jesus, Paperback (February 2015)
A probing investigation of the trial of Jesus by noted Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben.
Profanations, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by Giorgio Agamben
Pivotal essays by a provocative Italian philosopher on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains.
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Author Biography - Giorgio Agamben
Giorgio Agamben, an Italian philosopher and political theorist, teaches at the IUAV University in Venice and holds the Baruch Spinoza Chair at the European Graduate School. His most recent works available in English translation from Stanford University Press include "What is an Apparatus?" and Other Essays (2009), Nudities (2010), The Sacrament of Language(2011), and The Kingdom and the Glory (2011).
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