The Philosophy of Agamben
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Series: Continental European Philosophy
Author(s): Catherine Mills  
ISBN: 1844651339
ISBN-13: 9781844651337
Publication Date: 30/10/2008
Pages: 176 (234 x 156mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £14.99
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Giorgio Agamben has gained widespread popularity in recent years for his rethinking of radical politics and his approach to meta-physics and language. However, the extraordinary breadth of historical, legal and philosophical sources which contribute to the complexity and depth of Agamben’s thinking can also make his work intimidating. Covering the full range of Agamben’s work, this critical introduction outlines Agamben’s key concerns: metaphysics, language and potentiality, aesthetics and poetics, sovereignty, law and biopolitics, ethics and testimony, and his powerful vision of completed humanity. Highlighting the novelty of Agamben’s approach while also situating it in relation to the work of other continental thinkers, The Philosophy of Agamben presents a clear and engaging introduction to the work of this original and influential thinker.


"Mills has written an important, original book that will transform the received understanding of Agamben’s work in the humanities and social sciences. Her unapologetically philosophical interpretation is required reading for those who wish to assess the true impact and significance of Agamben’s interventions in politics, aesthetics and culture." – Paul FletcherLancaster University

"This is a rare book that offers both a desperately-needed guide for the perplexed first-time reader of Agamben and a powerful interpretation and critique of his work as a whole. It sets the benchmark for Agamben scholarship for the foreseeable future." – Adam Thurschwell, Cleveland State University

"Mills does a superb job of weaving together the entire range of Agamben’s writings – from his early texts on language to his later, better known writings on politics – to provide a lucid introductory survey of Agamben’s main ideas while at the same time outlining a path of critical analysis that offers much food for thought for those already familiar with his work.” – Steven DeCaroli, Goucher College, Baltimore, editor of Giorgio Agamben: Sovereignty and Life

Catherine Mills is Sesqui Lecturer in Bioethics at the University of Sydney.

1. Metaphysics: negativity, potentiality and death
2. Aesthetics: Language, representation and the object
3. Politics: biopolitics, sovereignty and nihilism
4. Ethics: testimony, responsibility and the witness
5. Messianism: time, happiness and completed humanity

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