Giorgio Agamben


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in Rome, Italy
April 22, 1942

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Giorgio Agamben is one of the leading figures in Italian philosophy. He is the author of Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life; Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive; Profanations; The Signature of All Things: On Method, and other books.

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Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power...

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State of Exception

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The Open: Man and Animal

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The Coming Community

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Profanations

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The Man Without Content

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Infancy and History: On the...

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“Remembrance restores possibility to the past, making what happened incomplete and completing what never was. Remembrance is neither what happened nor what did not happen but, rather, their potentialization, their becoming possible once again.”
Giorgio Agamben, Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy

“One day humanity will play with law just as children play with disused objects, not in order to restore them to their canonical use but to free them from it for good.”
Giorgio Agamben, State of Exception

...there is no head of state in the world today who is not in virtuality a criminal. Those who shoulder the dreary mantle of sovereignty know that their turn may come to be branded a criminal by their colleagues. We certainly will not be the ones to complain. For the sovereign, who freely consented to donning the executioner's clothes, is now finally manifesting his originary kinship with the criminal. ”
Giorgio Agamben, Means Without End: Notes on Politics

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