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Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben

Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben

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Hardcover, State Univ of New York Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9781438448534, ISBN10 1438448538
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Hardcover, State Univ of New York Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9781438448534, ISBN10 1438448538

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Hardcover, State Univ of New York Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9781438448534, ISBN10 1438448538

Challenging the prevalent account of Agamben as a pessimistic thinker, "Catastrophe and Redemption" proposes a reading of his political thought in which the redemptive element of his work is not a curious aside but instead is fundamental to his project. Jessica Whyte considers his critical account of contemporary politics his argument that Western politics has been biopolitics since its inception, his critique of human rights, his argument that the state of exception is now the norm, and the paradigmatic significance he attributes to the concentration camp and shows that it is in the midst of these catastrophes of the present that Agamben sees the possibility of a form of profane redemption. Whyte outlines the importance of potentiality in his attempt to formulate a new politics, examines his relation to Jewish and Christian strands of messianism, and interrogates the new forms of praxis that he situates within contemporary commodity culture, taking Agamben s thought as a call for the creation of new political forms."

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Number of Pages: 215
Original Languages: English
Author: Whyte, Jessica
Series Title: Suny Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
Publication Date: December, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781438448534
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 1438448538
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