Giorgio Agamben

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781444330786
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Agamben's account -of ethical responsibility
  • Agamben's contribution to social theory -biopolitics and the camps
  • Agamben's thesis in Homo Sacer -concentration camps, space of contemporary politics
  • Agamben, not obviously a theoretician of social -work influential in sociology
  • Giorgio Agamben, completing studies in Law and Philosophy -with a doctoral thesis on political thought of Simone Weil
  • Heidegger's seminars, late 1960s on Hegel and Heraclitus -as postdoctoral scholar, interest in language and poetics
  • Key problems, approach makes apparent -Hegel and Heidegger, a split within language
  • Messianic time, not external to or opposed to chronological time -contracting chronological time
  • Messianism, and conceptions of politics and ethics -notion of "happy life" or "form-of-life"
  • Philosophical context, language, experience and infancy -Agamben, history of metaphysics in Western philosophy

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