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Giorgio Agamben: Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives

Edited by: Tom Frost

ISBN13: 9780415637589
Published: November 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Giorgio Agamben: Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives brings together contributions from scholars in a number of fields - including many who have worked closely with Agamben - in order to argue that Agamben's thought is vital to the future directions of research in the humanities and social sciences.

The book is divided into three sections, each coalescing around a different perspective. Contributions in the first section examine the potential for Agamben's thought to impact upon future legal scholarship. Papers draw upon wide ranging issues such as legal oaths, legal reasoning and Hegel's Philosophy of Right. The second section focuses on political perspectives that include references to Marx, Zizek and Agamben's concept of the 'messianic'. The third section considers philosophical perspectives on Agamben's thought, and draws upon art theory, Franz Kafka, and the thought of Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin and Emmanuel Levinas. All three sections, however, address the potential of Agamben's thought by re-focusing attention away from his critiques of Western politics and towards his scheme for a political future. As such the book maintains that Agamben is an important and thoroughly original figure, who has articulated a vision of politics, and of community, that is both achievable and worth recognising.

Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Introduction, Tom Frost

Section 1: Legal Perspectives: David M Seymour, Agamben's Theorising of the Social
Connal Parsley, 'A particular fetishism': love, law, and the gaze in Agamben's critique of representation
Tom Frost, Agamben, Law and the Political Tradition
Alysia Garrison, Badly Said: Perjury and the Oath from Conjuration to the Commons

Section 2: Political Perspectives: Jessica Whyte, On the messianic vocation and the classless society: Agamben as a reader of Marx
Adam Kotsko, Agamben's Messianism and the Future of Radical Political Theory'
Frank Ruda & Jan Voiker, The Necessary Critique of Divine Violence
Anthony Downey, Camps (or the Precarious Logic of Modernity)

Section 3: Philosophical Perspectives: Kevin Attell, Bastard Reasoning with Agamben and Derrida
David Kishik, Kain
Colby Dickinson, The philosophy still to come: Benjamin, Agamben and Levinas on the future of philosophy and theology
Paolo Palladino, On the beach: Agamben, Foucault and Deleuze