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Agamben's Philosophical Lineage$
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Adam Kotsko and Carlo Salzani

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423632

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423632.001.0001

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Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

(p.154) 15 Franz Kafka
Agamben's Philosophical Lineage

Anke Snoek

Edinburgh University Press

From his earliest book (The Man Without Content) to one of his latest (The Use of Bodies) Agamben’s work is inhabited by Kafka’s characters: messengers, assistants, land surveyors, students, courtroom clerks, the bobbin Odradek and the mythical horse Bucephalus which becomes an attorney. The references to Kafka are often brief but in strategic places: Kafka frequently pops up in the title of a chapter, or at the end of one of Agamben’s arguments to illustrate and further deepen the point he has just made. Agamben regularly states that Kafka is the author who has most coherently or profoundly addressed the issues that he is working on (MC 112); however, the work of the Prague author has not only influenced the content of Agamben’s philosophy, but also his style.

Keywords:   Franz Kafka, Political Philosophy, Law

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