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Agamben and the Existentialists

Marcos Norris and Colby Dickinson


Carl Schmitt cites Søren Kierkegaard in the first chapter of Political Theology to describe the repressed theological basis of sovereign decisionism. Following Jacob Taubes, Agamben blindly accepts Schmitt’s reading of the Kierkegaardian exception, a key existentialist concept that extends well beyond Kierkegaard to the decisionist philosophies of other existentialist thinkers. This volume aims to complicate Agamben’s antagonistic stance toward the Kierkegaardian exception in order to redefine his relationship to the existentialist tradition as a whole. For readers of Agamben, we draw attentio ... More

Keywords: Giorgio Agamben, Existentialism, political theology, biopolitics, secularization, the death of God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474478779
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474478779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcos Norris, editor
Loyola University Chicago

Colby Dickinson, editor
Loyola University Chicago

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