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Agamben's Philosophical Lineage
One of the greatest challenges Agamben presents to his readers is the vast and often bewildering range of sources he draws upon in his work. Looking at figures including Michel Foucault, St Paul, Nietzsche, the Marquis de Sade, Simone Weil and Hannah Arendt, this one-stop reference to Agamben's influences covers 30 thinkers: his primary interlocutors, his secondary referen ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 344 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Edinburgh University Press
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There is only one major flaw with this otherwise wonderful selection of essays; there is no exploration of Agamben's relationship with Wittgenstein. Although gestured to in Kotsko's preface, it is a sorely missed opportunity that the conceptual (and stylistic) lineage from Wittgenstein to Agamben is never fully explored. The centrality of form-of-life to his recent work, alongside his looming presence throughout Agamben's earlier work (crucially, Infancy and History), surely merited a substantia ...more
Adam Kotsko (b. 1980) is an American writer on theology, philosophy and popular culture, also known for his contributions to the blogosphere. His printed works include Why We Love Sociopaths (2012), Awkwardness (2010), and the authoritative Žižek and Theology (2008). Kotsko joined the faculty of Shimer College in Chicago in 2011, teaching the humanities component of Shimer's Great Books curric ...more
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