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Homo sacer Il potere sovrano e la nuda vita review á 104 ↠ المحرك الأول لهذا الكتاب هو الحياة العارية، أي حياة المنبوذ التي يمكن انتزاعها ولا يمكن التضحية بها، هي التي أردنا بيان وظيفتها الأساسية في السياالمحرك الأول لهذا الكتاب هو الحياة العارية، أي حياة المنبوذ التي يمكن انتزاعها ولا يمكن التضحية بها، هي التي أردنا بيان وظيفتها الأساسية في السي. All the best continental philosophy books display the best and worst things about continental philosophy they introduce a profoundly useful concept and make a number of interesting but lesser points about the world in general while they do it They also needlessly confuse the concept itself display far too much irrelevant learning of the I was reading book x while I was writing book y therefore book x and y are somehow connected variety and make statements that are so over the top and ridiculous that any sane reader will only retain her sanity by keeping in mind Adorno's marvelously self referential claim that all real thought is exaggeration According to this implausible statement of mine Homo Sacer is among the best continental philosophy books Agamben introduces a very useful and interesting concept by thinking about asovereignty particularly as discussed by Schmitt; b the figure of homo sacer and the much discussed 'ambiguity of the sacred'; and c Foucault's concept of biopower The concept is 'bare life' which is what the figure of homo sacer is meant to have what sovereignty rules over and what Foucault ait Agamben was really trying to get at This should all be plain sailing really the sovereign Agamben suggests doesn't so much decide on the exception as decide on the boundaries of legality The sovereign has the power to turn someone or some group into homines sacres or 'bandits' or making the idea a bit clearer outlaws Homo sacer the outlaw is both no longer subject to the law but also no longer protected by it He can kill you if he wants but you can kill him without having any legal problem So the sovereign and the outlaw both stand at the boundaries of human law civilization etc When you're in this position though you don't really have a full 'life' as such You aren't a citizen you aren't a subject now you're bare life I doubt it's very nice This brings with it some interesting points about Heidegger Dasein as a kind of benign bare life which is no longer subject to power structures or politics or whatever anthropological investigations of the sacred and a bunch of other issues in which you might be interested Now for the bad stuff i this interesting concept does not allow you to make wildly exaggerated claims like 'economic development turns the entire population of the Third World into bare life' or 'concentration camps signal the political space of modernity' Regardless of whether some people are treated as bare life the vast majority of us remain citizens ii Aristotle's discussion of potentiality in book theta of the Metaphysics has nothing to do with sovereignty no nothing at all and no matter how much fancy footwork you do you will not make them have any relevance to each other Pindar might have something to do with it but in a very uninteresting way Kafka probably has something interesting to say about it but Agamben doesn't tell us what Benjamin certainly does but you could only explain what in a freestanding book length essay on him All this means that about two thirds of part one of this book are gratuitous and uite irritating This is a side effect of the argument by outlandish example method which also takes up too much space in part three 'scientists sometimes turn people into lab rats' adds nothing to the concept of bare life iii And finally I actually have a complaint of substance despite all the talk of bodies and biopolitics and what not Agamben's work is the worst kind of obfuscating idealism I say this as someone who doesn't mind a little idealism every now and then But saying 'the Romans conceived of homo sacer in this way and now we're all homines sacres' leaves out a couple of pretty important millenia through which one probably can't track the figure of homo sacer What possible effect could this fascinating but arcane legal dispute have today How is it that such ideas have some immediate impact on people who have never had a politically theoretical idea in their lives Agamben could answer say 'that's not what I mean; it's not that these ideas have actual worldly effects in the present It's just a way to think about our world' That would be okay But I'm pretty sure that's not what's going on He routinely says things like only a politics that will have learned to take the fundamental biopolitical fracture of the West into account will be able to put an end to the civil war that divides the peoples and cities of the earth p 180 I suppose we could dedicate the next twenty years to re thinking the relation between politics and bare life and sovereignty and so on We could try to get an absolutely true political theory that steps beyond all of western history and metaphysics since only then will injustice cease But I'd like to think it isn't only when you have a perfect political theory that you can take steps to stop the environmental political economic social and cultural havoc that we seem intent on wreaking yes I am aware that continentalanalytic is a silly distinction but it holds in this case

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?، تعطي على هذا النحو المفتاح الذي يمكن بفضله، ليس للنصوص المقدسة للسيادة وحسب ولكن بشكل أعم للقوانين ذاتها التي للسلطة السياسية، أن تكشف ألغازه?. I set as goal for myself this year to read the entire Homo Sacer series by Giorgio Agamben there are seven books in the series so far either by myself or with others Homo Sacer the series set out to define the foundationalontological problems of the west and give the investigation a foundation in this book There is what Agamben refers to as the originary problem of the sovereign ban which constitutes law and state power in the west through the sovereign's ability to bring into being and maintain an outsideexception and insiderule of both human beings as bare life reduced to its mere physical existence zoe and through the creation of exceptional spaces beyond the law as the campThe newer transformation of power that concerns itself increasingly with managing the physical life of humans having a concern for their reproduction as normal healthy productive bodies which Foucault defined as biopolitics revolves around the same problem of the exception that is the force behind law or a relation and nomos through the diffusion of the exception as the rule containing each being as an individual amongst other forces of management concerned as sovereign over its own self managementWe can see many examples of Homo Sacer as those who were consecrated to have the capacity to be killed by anyone but not murdered as in the act being against the law to kill them Trayvon Martin is a clear example And through this example it would be wrong to see his killing and the absence of murder simply an issue of racial prejudice to be corrected but as a force inherent to relations of sovereign power that are particular to the west which always will need to materialize itself through acts by continually creating its own outside on those who are banned and bandits of its order

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Homo sacer Il potere sovrano e la nuda vitaاسة الحديثة صورة غامضة للقانون الروماني القديم حيث الحياة الإنسانية متضمنة في النظام القضائي في شكل استبعادها وحسب أي في إمكان انتزاعها دون عقا?. It's unsurprising that Homo Sacer is Giorgio Agamben's best known work As a study into the nature of sovereignty in the modern age and it's awfully good Unlike many of Agamben's other works which are usually essay long reflections on various topics Homo Sacer is one of his most sustained and penetrating investigations refusing to let its target out of sight Agamben's stated thesis is simple but its ramifications are anything but The basic idea is that sovereign power the exercise of which once distinguished between 'natural' biological life on the one hand and 'ualified' political life on the other is ever eroding the distinctions between the two forms of life Modernity for Agamben is defined precisely at the point at which both natural and political life become indistinguishable such that life as such is directly politicized without any form of mediation between the twoSuch a blurring of the lines indicates for Agamben the inception of a new kind of politics first isolated by the researches of the late and great Michel Foucault a biopolitics Agamben's delicate and probing expositions of this novel political situation takes place by way of an intriguing and twisted journey that starts in ancient Greek thought and ends in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany Along the way Agamben treats the reader with a panoply of illustrative pitstops with discussions of werewolves bandits sacrificial statues fifteenth century Haggadoth illustrations and Not to mention the discussions of Aristotelian metaphysics Benjaminian messianism Schmittian jurisprudence and Arendetian political theory Typical Agambenian fare which is to say ever fascinating stuffMore than just intellectual athleticism however at stake for Agamben is nothing less than the political future of modernity itself For the culminating point of Agamben's argument is that this new form of sovereignty made explicit in the camps and the mysterious figure of the homo sacer from which the book takes its name has put into uestion every political and ethical category by which we have been able to make sense of the world Just as life and politics become indistinguishable in this new form of sovereignty so too do fact and law the divine and the profane the rule and the exception And to the extent that this 'zone of indistinction' has cast its net across the earth itself the camp will show itself to be nothing less than the hidden paradigm of the political space of modernityAs usual Agamben's arguments are subtle his discussions wide ranging and his boldness incomparable And what Homo Sacer ultimately offers is not a solution but problem to think through Agamben himself while calling for the necessity of thinking otherwise effectively only gestures towards the diffusion of the paradoxes he raises although his later work goes some way to addressing this problem it does so in the obliue and sideways fashion that only Agamben knows how Regardless the provocation to thought that Homo Sacer offers is when all is said and done a marvelous achievement in itself Whatever one thinks of this or that particular argument or this or that misuse of examples which Agamben is freuently called out for the stringency of vision put forward here makes Homo Sacer essential reading for anyone interested in the future of sovereignty