Potentialities: Collected Essays (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series)

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“Agamben has been attracting attention recently in the English-speaking world, thanks to the increasing availability of his work in translation. This volume is indicative of Agamben’s broad range of interests. . . . Despite this range of interests, however, a sustained commitment to certain theoretical issues—particularly language and history—lends the volume a coherence. . . . Daniel Heller-Roazen’s introduction does a nice job of outlining the philosophical program that motivates these essays, and his ...
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“Agamben has been attracting attention recently in the English-speaking world, thanks to the increasing availability of his work in translation. This volume is indicative of Agamben’s broad range of interests. . . . Despite this range of interests, however, a sustained commitment to certain theoretical issues—particularly language and history—lends the volume a coherence. . . . Daniel Heller-Roazen’s introduction does a nice job of outlining the philosophical program that motivates these essays, and his translation in general is to be commended for its elegance. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers.”—Choice
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"Agamben has been attracting attention recently in the English-speaking world, thanks to the increasing availability of his work in translation. This volume is indicative of Agamben's broad range of interests. . . . Despite this range of interests, however, a sustained commitment to certain theoretical issues—particularly language and history—lends the volume a coherence. . . . Daniel Heller-Roazen's introduction does a nice job of outlining the philosophical program that motivates these essays, and his translation in general is to be commended for its elegance. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804732789
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,405,887
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Giorgio Agamben, an Italian philosopher and political theorist, teaches at the IUAV University in Venice and holds the Baruch Spinoza Chair at the European Graduate School. His most recent works available in English translation from Stanford University Press include "What is an Apparatus?" and Other Essays (2009), Nudities (2010), The Sacrament of Language(2011), and The Kingdom and the Glory (2011).
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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Editor's Introduction: "To Read What Was Never Written" 1
Pt. I Language
1 The Thing Itself 27
2 The Idea of Language 39
3 Language and History: Linguistic and Historical Categories in Benjamin's Thought 48
4 Philosophy and Linguistics 62
5 Kommerell, or On Gesture 77
Pt. II History
6 Aby Warburg and the Nameless Science 89
7 Tradition of the Immemorial 104
8 Se: Hegel's Absolute and Heidegger's Ereignis 116
9 Walter Benjamin and the Demonic: Happiness and Historical Redemption 138
10 The Messiah and the Sovereign: The Problem of Law in Walter Benjamin 160
Pt. III Potentiality
11 On Potentiality 177
12 The Passion of Facticity 185
13 Pardes: The Writing of Potentiality 205
14 Absolute Immanence 220
Pt. IV Contingency
15 Bartleby, or On Contingency 243
Notes 275
Index of Names 303
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