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Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series)

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“Agamben’s intuition, chronicle and meditation are fascinating.”—The Review of Politics
“The story of homo sacer is certainly worth reading because of its suggestiveness and provocations.”—Modernism/Modernity
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"Agamben's intuition, chronicle and meditation are fascinating."—The Review of Politics

"The story of homo sacer is certainly worth reading because of its suggestiveness and provocations."—Modernism/Modernity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804732185
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 328,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Giorgio Agamben teaches philosophy at the University of Venice.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Logic of Sovereignty
1 The Paradox of Sovereignty 15
2 'Nomos Basileus' 30
3 Potentiality and Law 39
4 Form of Law 49
Threshold 63
Pt. 2 Homo Sacer
1 Homo Sacer 71
2 The Ambivalence of the Sacred 75
3 Sacred Life 81
4 'Vitae Necisque Potestas' 87
5 Sovereign Body and Sacred Body 91
6 The Ban and the Wolf 104
Threshold 112
Pt. 3 The Camp as Biopolitical Paradigm of the Modern
1 The Politicization of Life 119
2 Biopolitics and the Rights of Man 126
3 Life That Does Not Deserve to Live 136
4 'Politics, or Giving Form to the Life of a People' 144
5 VP 154
6 Politicizing Death 160
7 The Camp as the 'Nomos' of the Modern 166
Threshold 181
Bibliography 189
Index of Names 197
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