Giorgio Agamben. Translated from the Italian h Jeff Port. In Praise. Of Profanation . Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from Giorgio. Agamben’ s. Essays by a provocative Italian philosopher on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has always. Giorgio Agamben. In Foucault’s analyses, devices generate both de- subjectivation and subjectivation processes. Unfortunately, many amongst the studies on.

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It might very well, however, stimulate those who have heard the buzz about him to read his earlier books. In a sense, fashion would be more entitled, and would certainly be likely disposed, to profanation than pornography, despite the fact that the latter is prone to profanation as well. In terms of its philosophical content, which is probably of greatest interest to readers of NDPRthe book is difficult, despite its brevity and apparent light-heartedness.

While that essay draws most extensively from Walter Benjamin, whose influence has been evident throughout Agamben’s career, readers will also find it helpful to think of Theodor Adorno in the background. Despite the agambeb tautological nature of this prohibition, Agamben advocates profaning the unprofanable as an exit strategy, a way to escape a religious cult that offers profabation hope of redemption.

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All the rest is psychology, and nowhere in psychology do we encounter anything like an ethical subject, a form of life For readers unacquainted with Agamben’s ideas, it will not serve as a general introduction. Beberapa di antaranya terkait dengan: Some familiar themes the agsmben of gesture, pornography, etc. All this seems fairly clear, and nevertheless why does Agamben target pornography as the potential and elective object of profanation rather than fashion?


In this case, however, it is difficult to find an appropriate peer group, at least partly because its author, whose animus against assimilation to species is expressly stated in Chapter Sevenproduced a work that defies classification. But that will never happen.

A productive way to read him is as a prophet, in the tradition of the Old Testament, a relentless social critic whose obsessive focus on corruption prevents that very corruption from being actualized. In Fuerbach’s terms, pornography is defined by sex as the identity of the profane and truth, whereas fashion is defined by money as the identity of the sacred and the illusion. Jul 09, Matthew Balliro rated it really liked it Shelves: In the single short volume of Profanationshe builds on insights from a kaleidoscopic range of philosophers, including Aristotle, Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Heidegger, Adorno, Benjamin, and Foucault, among many others, not to mention an equally wide range of figures from art and literature.

Viewed as an argument, indeed as a continuation of an argument already in progress, it is a distillation of a jeremiad so complete in its condemnation of modernity that all we have to look forward to is a messianic end of time and a new beginning that starts virtually from scratch. Practice and a good eye helps.

He reframes debates about authorship, photography, and parody within the motion of the gesture and human playfulness to address psychological functions and the cultural performativity of human action in text and image. We may easily surmise where he is leading us: A meditation on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains, Profanations proves yet again that Agamben is one of the most provocative writers of our time.


Drawing from and expanding on Benjamin and Schmitt, Agamben argues that such authority strips citizens of their rights and leads to the formation of naked life.

Profanations by Giorgio Agamben

These verbs mean to make impure or inferior by adding foreign substances to something: I look forward to reading more by him. In earlier works, notably, Homo Sacer: We could say that capitalism, in pushing to the extreme a tendency already present in Christianity, generalizes in every domain the structure of separation that defines religion.

A fraction is all that can be expected here, principally because I cannot hope to duplicate the range of expertise Agamben commands.

Things that I would write if I could write anything. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Since this fits into the previous discussion, it makes perfect sense in context. Something is personalized prlfanation is referred to as an identity — at the cost of sacrificing its specialness Passages like this vindicate a reading that sees capitalism, along with the modern nation-state it accompanies, as beyond redemption.

To evaluate a book generally requires that it be compared to its peers, to other books of more or less the same genre. Ahamben engaging and accessible collection of short essays uses etymology and cultural histories to address the crossing points between the divine and the human.