Nudities

Nudities

by Giorgio Agamben
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804769508

ISBN-13: 9780804769501

Pub. Date: 10/06/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Encompassing a wide range of subjects, the ten masterful essays gathered here may at first appear unrelated to one another. In truth, Giorgio Agamben's latest book is a mosaic of his most pressing concerns. Take a step backward after reading it from cover to cover, and a world of secret affinities between the chapters slowly comes into focus. Take another step back

Overview

Encompassing a wide range of subjects, the ten masterful essays gathered here may at first appear unrelated to one another. In truth, Giorgio Agamben's latest book is a mosaic of his most pressing concerns. Take a step backward after reading it from cover to cover, and a world of secret affinities between the chapters slowly comes into focus. Take another step back, and it becomes another indispensable piece of the finely nuanced philosophy that Agamben has been patiently constructing over four decades of sustained research.

If nudity is unconcealment, or the absence of all veils, then Nudities is a series of apertures onto truth. A guiding thread of this collection-weaving together the prophet's work of redemption, the glorious bodies of the resurrected, the celebration of the Sabbath, and the specters that stroll the streets of Venice-is inoperativity, or the cessation of work. The term should not be understood as laziness or inertia, but rather as the paradigm of human action in the politics to come. Itself the result of inoperativity, Nudities shuttles between philosophy and poetry, philological erudition and unexpected digression, metaphysical treatise and critique of modern life. And whether the subject at hand is personal identity or the biometric apparatus, the slanderer or the land surveyor, Kafka or Kleist, every page bears the singular imprint of one of the most astute philosophers of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804769501
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
10/06/2010
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
809,792
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Translators' Note ix

1 Creation and Salvation 1

2 What Is the Contemporary" 10

3 K. 20

4 On the Uses and Disadvantages of Living among Specters 37

5 On What We Can Not Do 43

6 Identity without the Person 46

7 Nudity 55

8 The Glorious Body 91

9 Hunger of an Ox 104

10 The Last Chapter in the History of the World 113

Notes 115

Credits 121

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