Homo sacer sovereign power and bare life pdf
[PDF] Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life - Semantic ScholarSubStance At a time when criticism indulges in reading current cultural phenomena at their most detailed and microcosmic level, Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer takes an altogether different route to the problematic relationship between politics and thought. Agamben's is a book whose scope and implications are deliberately overarching, as is the core of its subject matter, namely, the relation of human life to political power. The novelty of his approach lies in his conviction that there are still phenomena in our present that have been untouched by the many epistemological shifts recently declared, and that demand a serious examination of the past in which they remain deeply rooted. Consequently, in investigating the current relation between human life and state power, Homo Sacer finds many of its answers in remotest antiquity, in the political writings of Aristotle and the legal theory of ancient Rome. To pass from mere life to political life means that mere life is the necessary prerequisite of our entrance into politics.
Homo sacer: sovereign power and bare life
The work of Giorgio Agamben, one of Italy's most important and original philosophers, has been based on an uncommon erudition in classical traditions of philosophy and rhetoric, the grammarians of late antiquity, Christian theology, and modern philosophy. Recently, Agamben has begun to direct his thinking to the constitution of the social and to some concrete, ethico-political conclusions concerning the state of society today, and the place of the individual within it. In Homo Sacer, Agamben aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding. Taking his cue from Foucault's fragmentary analysis of biopolitics, Agamben probes with great breadth, intensity, and acuteness the covert or implicit presence of an idea of biopolitics in the history of traditional political theory. He argues that from the earliest treatises of political theory, notably in Aristotle's notion of man as a political animal, and throughout the history of Western thinking about sovereignty whether of the king or the state , a notion of sovereignty as power over "life" is implicit.
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We are most grateful for the access to this work. It is in this book that Agamben develops his analysis of the condition of biopolitics, first identified by Michel Foucault in the first volume of his History of Sexuality series and associated texts. In Homo Sacer, author Giorgio Agamben aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding. The reason it remains merely implicit has to do, according to Agamben, with the way the sacred or the idea of sacrality, becomes indissociable from the idea of sovereignty. Written by Dr.