October 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

started reading The Kingdom and the Glory this week. At the end of the preface he says

In opposition to the ingenuous emphasis on productivity and labor that has long prevented modernity from accessing politics as man’s most proper dimension, politics is here returned to its central inoperativity, that is, to that operation that amounts to rendering inoperative all human and divine works. The empty throne, the symbol of Glory, is what we need to profane in order to make room, beyond it, for something that, for now, we can only evoke with the name the zoe aionios, eternal life. It is only when the fourth part of this investigation, dedicated to the form-of-life and use, is completed, that the decisive meaning of inoperativity as a properly human and political praxis will be able to appear in its own light.

The expanding “homo sacer” project now looks like this:

1) Homo Sacer

2.1) State of Exception

2.2) The Kingdom and the Glory

2.3) The Sacrament of Language

3) Remnants of Auschwitz

4) Forthcoming part on “form-of-life and use”

Does that look about right? The internet lists a few more recent publications (La Chiesa e il Regno, Altissima poverta, Opus Dei, etc), but i don’t know if or how they fit in here.

edit: Lara’s comment: “This makes Agamben the George R R Martin of continental philosophy.”


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  • zalkhatib says:

    I’m really glad you filed this under “academese”, because i do not understand it.

    why do these people not speak clearly? why is their language so unbeautiful? didn’t any of them study George Orwell’s “Politics & The English Language” ?

    i think all speakers of academese should be forced to take a course on this essay and learn to impliment its guidelines for writing. Also EB White’s additions to Funk & Wagnall’s Elements of Style, authoritarian and somewhat arrogant though the original text may be.

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