Potentialities by Giorgio Agamben
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By Giorgio Agamben


Collected Essays in Philosophy

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Potentialities by Giorgio Agamben

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This 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 Details

ISBN: 9780804732789
ISBN-10: 0804732787
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 18mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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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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