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Hvad er et dispositiv? - og to andre essays (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

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The three essays collected in this book offer a succinct introduction to Agamben's recent work through an investigation of Foucault's notion of the apparatus, a meditation on the intimate link of philosophy to friendship, and a reflection on contemporariness, or the singular relation one may have to one's own time. 'Apparatus' (dispositif in French) is at once a most ubiqu ...more
Paperback, 79 pages
Published 2010 by Forlaget Slagmark (first published 2006)
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Casey James
Aug 23, 2013 Casey James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most fascinating things I have read in a while. It's short and reasonably accessible too. Agamben makes use of Foucault's definition of the apparatus (or dispotif, the network of institutions, technologies, knowledge systems, etc that exercise power within the social body of our society) and traces its use over time to establish a relationship between modern organization of the world with the early Christian church.

The Holy Trinity (Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost) needed the conc
Sep 21, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
¿Qué clase de cambio en el funcionamiento de la ideología implica este autoborrado de la ideología? Tomemos como punto de partida el nombre foucaultiano que más o menos encaja en el AIE althusseriano, el de dispositif. Giorgio Agamben ha señalado el vínculo entre el dispositif foucaultiano y la noción de «positividad» del joven Hegel entendida como el sustancial orden social impuesto sobre el sujeto y experimentado por él como una suerte externa, más que una parte orgánica de sí mismo. Como tal, ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Colin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've actually only read the titular essay, but it offers a clear, concise exposition of Foucault's later work on security, and Agamben's elaboration on the nature and function of apparatuses is superb. A must read for anybody with an interest in Foucault and biopolitics more generally. I'm a little bit disappointed with the lack of depth in Agamben's discussion of profanation as a tactic for unmaking apparatuses, but it's a short essay that seems like it's meant to gesture toward future studies, ...more
Matthew Balliro
Feb 09, 2010 Matthew Balliro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this on a lazy afternoon, which probably isn't the best way to do it, but it's so short that it lends itself to be read quickly. The title essay isn't necessarily a breakthrough for Agamben, but it's a nice piece that places his criticisms of the society of the spectacle in line with Foucault's idea of an apparatus. He seems to be grasping for credibility, but I also gave his theory tons of credibility, so it's informative but not essential. The second essay, "Friend," is a short, close rea ...more
Alex Ayotte
Apr 21, 2016 Alex Ayotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contrairement à "La communauté qui vient", ce petit livre est très accessible et dresse une généalogie du dispositif qui peut servir de tremplin à des réflexions plus appliquées. La notion de subjectivation par le dispositif, entre autres, est d'ailleurs très pertinente dans le contexte des new media du 21e siècle. Must read!
Oct 19, 2010 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very short collection of essays (so short that I cannot imagine why anyone would buy it). As with my last experience reading Agamben, I don't get what the big deal is. The first essay is a clearly written explanation of the 'apparatus' concept found in Foucault and Deleuze. Pretty interesting and sort of useful... but ultimately just explaining something already developed.

The second essay explores friendship via Aristotle and covers some of the same territory as Derrida. Pretty interes
Brian  Kubarycz
Dec 19, 2010 Brian Kubarycz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's about time somebody wrote this very important little essay. No doubt by now many readers have spent years attempting to extrapolate or reconstruction some firm notion of what might be contained in the near-ubiquitous terms. And no doubt those efforts have in many instances been well rewarded, provided a variety of speculative insights and critical applications. Still, it was necessary that someone do the careful philological footwork and establish the actual genealogy of the term, tracing i ...more
Chris Schaeffer
Nov 05, 2011 Chris Schaeffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe history will wonder why anybody would choose to sit around reading Agamben on New Year's Eve. Maybe history won't be able to furnish an answer. In any case, I did sit down on New Year's Eve, and I did read Agamben, and you know what? I know what an apparatus is now. And honestly, the last essay, 'What is a Contemporary,' is worth the modest price of the whole (very short) book alone. Sheds some much-welcomed light on the messianic model put forth in 'What Time Remains' by way of Benjamin.
Dec 30, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nifty little book contains three essays dealing with the Apparatus (from Foucault but in context of Agamben's work in 'Homo Sacer' and 'Kingdom and the Glory'; Friendship (in dialogue with Aristotle and Derrida); and Contemporariness. If found the third essay to be most intriguing, but then again I have an ongoing fascination with the question of temporality. Not a bad place to tread some ground for those new to Agamben.
Jacob Senholt
Feb 29, 2012 Jacob Senholt rated it liked it
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En fin introduktion til Agamben og hans forfatterskab. Især essayet 'Hvad er et dispositiv', samt efterskriftet.

Ønsker man for alvor at forstå Agamben kræver det dog en mere indgående læsning af hans værker, eller en mere udførlig introduktion/indføring.

Sep 05, 2013 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands."
May 31, 2011 and rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bravo. I found this little book really insightful, esp. the title essay and the last one. I will definitely be reading more Agamben after this.
Oct 29, 2013 Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The other two included essays—"The Friend" and "What Is Contemporary?"—are both better than the title essay, imo.
Dec 17, 2012 Ty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant short essays. I like how this book is short yet all over the map to cover a large terrain.
Yuling Chen
Sep 14, 2011 Yuling Chen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I need read the French version. Of course, after finishing this one:)
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“Further expanding the already large class of Foucauldian apparatuses, I shall cal an apparatus literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture, determine, intercept, model, control , or secure the gestures, behaviors, opinions, or discourses of living beings. Not only, therefore, prisons, madhouses, the panopticon, schools, confession, factories, disciplines, juridical measures, and so forth (whose connection with power is in a certain sense evident), but also the pen, writing, literature, philosophy, agriculture, cigarettes, navigation, computers, cellular telephones and - why not - language itself, which is perhaps the most ancient of apparatuses - one in which thousands and thousands of years ago a primitive inadvertently let himself be captured, probably without realizing the consequences that he was about to face.” 2 likes
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