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Agamben and Radical Politics$
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Daniel McLoughlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402637

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402637.001.0001

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Glory, Spectacle and Inoperativity: Agamben’s Praxis of Theoria

Glory, Spectacle and Inoperativity: Agamben’s Praxis of Theoria

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Agamben and Radical Politics

Mathew Abbott

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter argues against the common image of Agamben as an apocalyptic thinker focused on theoretical transformation rather than political praxis. It provides a concise account of the genealogies of economy and glory in The Kingdom and the Glory before turning to Agamben’s argument that the society of the spectacle as the contemporary form of glorification. Abbott argues that the fundamental stake of the Agamben’s analysis is a theoretical praxis that responds to the political conditions of spectacular capitalism by enacting the inoperativity at the heart of thought. This is not a matter of doing philosophy instead of acting, but, rather, a politics that is simultaneously practical and theoretical.

Keywords:   Agamben, Debord, oikonomia, spectacle, inoperativity

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