The Word and the Phantasm in Western Culture
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Stanzas by Giorgio Agamben
Book Description"Stanzas" (which means "rooms" in Italian) is a blend of philology, the psychoanalysis of toys, medieval physics and psychology, and contemporary linguistics and philosophy. In this work, Giorgio Agamben attempts to reconfigure the epistemological foundation of Western culture. He rereads Freud and Saussure to discover the impossibility of metalanguage - there is no "superior language" that can read the obscure scenes of the unconscious, and the "symbol" is always the return of the repressed in an improper signifier. This impossibility leads Agamben to the problem of representation. He argues that since language is the locus of the production and storage of phantasms, all real objects are fractured by phantasmic itineraries that in turn divide poetry and philosophy, joy and knowledge. This division is at the origin of Western culture and renders impossible the possession of any object of knowledge. Giorgio Agamben is the author of "Language and Death" (University of Minnesota Press 1991).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816620388
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 17-Nov-1992
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 (July 2015)
Offers Agamben's genealogy of power in terms of political, philosophical and legal thought. This book investigates the genealogy of the strife between the Polis and its population with particular regard to the Greek concept of stasis and the strife with the commonwealth of Hobbes' Leviathan.
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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