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The Work of Giorgio AgambenLaw, Literature, Life$
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Justin Clemens and Nicholas Heron

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634620

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.001.0001

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The Enigma of Giorgio Agamben

The Enigma of Giorgio Agamben

(p.1) The Enigma of Giorgio Agamben
The Work of Giorgio Agamben

Justin Clemens

Nicholas Heron

Alex Murray

Edinburgh University Press

Giorgio Agamben's oeuvre is unified by a conviction of the necessity of undoing the divisive powers of language, of the essential relationship of language to law, and of the potentiality of literature and philosophy. It develops a critical praxis that explores the hiatuses and aporias that govern the practices of life today. The contributors to this collection deal directly with key issues of politics and sovereignty by examining the plausibility of Agamben's often disturbing propositions about the status of contemporary political life, not to mention the philological, linguistic, and philosophical foundations of works such as Homo Sacer. Agamben traces connections between poetics and politics, logic and linguistics, philology and philosophy, extending the range and direction of critical responses into disciplines such as literary theory, linguistics, philology, cultural theory and, more broadly, into wider traditions of praxis. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   Giorgio Agamben, politics, sovereignty, Homo Sacer, poetics, logic, philology, philosophy, cultural theory, literary theory

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