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Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

By Jessica Whyte

Bargains a outstanding new interpreting of Agamben’s political idea and its implications for political motion within the current. hard the standard account of Agamben as a pessimistic philosopher, disaster and Redemption proposes a interpreting of his political proposal within which the redemptive portion of his paintings isn't a curious apart yet as an alternative is prime to his venture. Jessica Whyte considers his severe account of latest politics—his argument that Western politics has been “biopolitics” because its inception, his critique of human rights, his argument that the country of exception is now the norm, and the paradigmatic importance he attributes to the focus camp—and exhibits that it really is in the course of those catastrophes of the current that Agamben sees the opportunity of a sort of profane redemption. Whyte outlines the significance of potentiality in his try and formulate a brand new politics, examines his relation to Jewish and Christian strands of messianism, and interrogates the recent different types of praxis that he situates inside modern commodity tradition, taking Agamben’s notion as a choice for the production of recent political varieties.

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