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The state of exception is not meant to produce or confirm the rule —it tends, rather, to coincide with it, that is to say, to blur it” Agamben b By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Giorgio Agamben

Augustusthe first Roman emperor who claimed auctoritas as the basis of princeps status in a famous passage of Res Gestaehad opened up his house to public eyes. On Method New York: Selected WritingsVol.

Agamben quoting Cavalca, states that to ban someone is “to say that anybody may harm him” This insightful investigation cannot be fully revised here, but for the sake of my argument it is worth quoting a passage that summarises the basic features of a paradigm:. But it is a process so abstract and teleological or —as Kant vda it— terroristic, that is, armed with a radical ethical pessimism, based on a metaphysics of transcendence as to agxmben instrumental in too many theoretical positions and indifferent to too many ideological standpoints.

Furthermore, Agamben’s invocation of potentiality tied to a particular ontological decision exacerbates the paradox of sovereignty to a point at which the whole biopolitical production necessarily passes through the exceptionality of sovereignty. Therefore, the question that remains open is that of the relation between impotentiality and practice, which could be translated as a political question concerning the ability of the sovereign ban to capture life by suspending itself without passing into actuality.

The political power over others acquired through the state of exception, places one government — or one form or branch of government — as all powerful, operating outside the laws.

Bare life, Agamben claims in his essay The State of Exception is “a product of the machine and not something that preexists it” The homo sacer is, therefore, incapable of using violence in his defense.

These texts analyzed the notion of community at a time when the European Community was under debate. Agamben was educated at the University of Romewhere in he wrote an unpublished laurea thesis aagmben the political thought of Simone Weil. Although Roman law no longer applied to someone deemed a Homo sacerthey remained “under the spell” of law.

In the final volume of the series, Agamben intends to address “the concepts of forms-of-life and lifestyles.

Agamben points out a general tendency of modernity, recalling for example that when Francis Galton and Alphonse Bertillon invented “judicial photography” for ” anthropometric identification”, the procedure was reserved to criminals; to the contrary, today’s society is tending toward a generalization of this procedure to all citizens, placing the population under permanent suspicion and surveillance: Aristotle, as Agamben notes, constitutes political life via a simultaneous inclusion and exclusion of “bare life”: This distinction represents, for Agamben, a decisive point in the origin of Western politics cf.


In this sense, modern totalitarianism can be defined as the establishment, by means of the state of exception, of a legal civil war that allows for the physical elimination not only of political adversaries but of entire categories of citizens who for some reason cannot be integrated into the political system” Agamben, pg 2.

This is what some legal-philosophical positions rather ambiguously —and very abstractly— propose, sometimes claiming that the strength of the exception restores the entire process of the production of law under the auspices of sovereignty, at others recognising in the emergence of the exception a new figure of sovereign command However, once again, Agamben’s insistence on Schmitt’s decisionism allows a more legalist reading of bare life which is not centered on the paradigmatic cases that make it intelligible but rather on the underlying logic that produces it: There is in effect something that humans are and have to be, but this is not an essence nor properly a thing: It is in this way that Agamben digs into the paradox of sovereignty to reveal its originary structure, anticipating one of his major and problematic conclusions: We cannot fully interrogate this messianic notion here but in relation to Agamben’s argument it is important to highlight that divine violence deposes the law, providing a parallel to sovereign violence.

Bare life is, in this sense, an artificial product, an obscure bareness that hides social relations of resistance and political articulations and that only serves to “personalise what is excluded from the protection of law” Vismann 15 without capturing all the possibilities that being outside the law could report.

For Benjamin, the bearer of the link between violence and law is “bare life” id. English pdf Article in xml format Article references How to cite this article Automatic translation Send this article by e-mail. Services on Demand Article. PDF available at Germanlawjournal.


Agamben refers a continued state of exception to the Nazi state of Germany under Hitler’s rule. This article presents a critical account of Agamben’s understanding nuea the logic of sovereignty and of the notion bare life, particularly Agamben’s approach to the paradox of sovereignty and its relation to Aristotle’s metaphysical category of potentiality.

Giorgio Agamben is particularly critical of the United States’ response to 11 Septemberand its instrumentalization as a permanent condition that legitimizes a ” state of exception ” as the dominant paradigm for governing in contemporary politics.

Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences. To sum up, as Laclau suggests, in order to reduce all the possibilities of the ban to the figure of the homo sacerextra presuppositions should be added to Agamben’s argument:.


Moreover, in nhda person detaining auctoritas — the sovereign — public life and private life have become inseparable. This relation is established when taking into account Kuhn’s second meaning of paradigm, that is to say, paradigm not as a disciplinary matrix but rather as an example, as “a single case that by its repeatability acquires the capacity to model tacitly the behavior and research practices of scientists.

A chronological and complete bibliography December is available here. Do they logically emerged from the mere category of “being outside the law”? However, Agamben’s intention when using the figure agaamben the homo sacer is to present a canon detached from its singularity and in this sense, he is moving away from deduction and induction.

South Atlantic Quarterly, 2—3: In the first essay of The Signature of all Things cf. Agamben’s turn to Aristotle’s metaphysical concepts of potentiality and actuality 5 in his treatment of the form of law and the dialectic of constituting and constituted power.

Homo sacer : el poder soberano y la nuda vida I – Ghent University Library

The lover wants the loved one with all of its predicatesits being such as it is. In this essay, Benjamin denounces the tight link between law and violence —violence is the origin of law— and therefore for him, justice and law reveal their unrelated nature. Until a new and coherent ontology of potentiality beyond the steps that have been made in this direction by Spinoza, Schelling, Nietzsche, and Heidegger has replaced the ontology founded on the primacy of actuality and its relation to potentiality, a political theory freed from the aporias of sovereignty remains unthinkable.

The Signature of All Things: It is important to note his understanding of “whatever” not as being indifference but based on the Latin “quodlibet ens” [31] translated as “being such that it always matters”. Stanford UP,p.

But secondly, it also involves that the situation of the outsider is one of radical indefension, wholly exposed to the violence of those inside the city. Biopolitics therefore, becomes the way in which life is caught in the sovereign ban, that is to say, a purely thanatopolitical function of state power. It is the man banned by his community. This leads him to a response to Carl Schmitt’s definition of sovereignty as the power to proclaim the exception.