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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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An Alogical Space of Genetic Reintrication: Notes on an Element of Giorgio Agamben’s Method

An Alogical Space of Genetic Reintrication: Notes on an Element of Giorgio Agamben’s Method

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(p.115) 6 An Alogical Space of Genetic Reintrication: Notes on an Element of Giorgio Agamben’s Method
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Agamben and Radical Politics
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Justin Clemens

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402637.003.0006

This chapter focuses the relationship between Agamben’s methodology and that of Michel Foucault, which was one of the most hotly contested issues in the initial reception of the Homo Sacer project. It argues that Agamben’s work involves a critical engagement with Foucault that, through a confrontation with its limits, displaces its method and problems. Clemens argues that this method involves a practice of profanation: it is not a substitute for ‘real action’, but a way of enacting, in the reading of texts, the in distinction between theory and praxis that is central to Agamben’s vision of the ‘coming politics’.

Keywords:   Agamben, Foucault, genealogy, archaeology, profanation

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