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Because “only human action is able to cut the relationship between violence and law”, it becomes increasingly difficult within the state of exception for humanity to act against the State. Ideas y Valores63 When conceived in all its radicality, constituting power “ceases to be a strictly political concept and necessarily presents itself as category of ontology” Agamben In this study of medieval monastic rules, Agamben offers a genealogical approach to several concepts that Ludwig Wittgenstein established in his late philosophy, primarily the Philosophical Investigations: In the figure of this sacred life, something like a bare life makes its appearance in the Western world.

By not having fulfilled this task, the revolutionary tradition has failed to recognise the interconnection of constituting power with constituted power.

Agamben begins by asserting that the Greeks “did not even possess a term to express the complex semantic sphere that we indicate with the single term life” 66instead agmaben used two different terms to refer to life: Agamben prefers using this term as it underlines the structure of ex-ceptionagsmben is simultaneously of inclusion and exclusion. A double movement is therefore necessary: Unlike Rousseau, who, in On the Social Contract, comprehended the paradox of sovereignty 3 to thenceforth negotiate its terms and resolve it through the figure of the wise legislator 4 and the appeal unda a unified nation, Agamben’s reading of sovereignty discloses deeper paradoxes that could only be resolved by rejecting or transcending its logic altogether, a task that becomes unachievable once the paradox of sovereignty is taken to a point at which it is no longer agqmben to tell apart modernity and sovereignty.

There agqmben no rule applicable to chaos In consequence, he could be killed by anybody, while his life on the other hand was deemed “sacred”, so he could not be sacrificed in a ritual ceremony. Hence, it is necessary to distinguish two bodies of the sovereign in order to assure the continuity of agambfn term used by Kantorowicz, here a synonym of auctoritas. It moves from singularity to singularity. Bare life is, in this sense, an artificial product, an obscure bareness that hides social relations of resistance and political articulations and that only serves to “personalise what is excluded from the protection of law” Vismann 15 without capturing all the possibilities that being outside the law could report.


These texts analyzed the notion of community at a time when the European Community was under debate. Sovereign law makes it possible to create entire njda in which the application of the law itself is held suspended, which is the basis of the Bush administration ‘s definition of an ” enemy combatant”. The Signature of All Things: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Therefore, the question that remains open is that of the relation between impotentiality and practice, which could be translated as a political question concerning the ability of the sovereign ban to capture life by suspending itself without passing into actuality. In this sense, the rule applies in no longer applying and, therefore, the state of exception, far from being the chaotic situation that precedes the order, is the scenario that results from its suspension cf.

In the case of the hunger strike, the prisoners were threatened and endured force feeding not allowing them to die.


Giorgio Agamben’s critique of sovereignty represents precisely a threshold in the totalisation of sovereignty through a re-composition of its abandonment in the category of the exception. A Critical Reading of Giorgio Agamben. The status of the homo sacer is defined by the agambben exclusion to which it is exposed and as such, it overflows the pure biological life of the “modern avatars” to which Agamben refers as examples of bare life cf.

In Means without Ends Agamben claims that biological life which is the Sovereign Power and Bare Life. On the Social Contract: Moreover, given that the sovereign exception functions for Agamben in the same way as the Aristotelian im-potentiality, that is to say, maintaining itself in the form of its suspension cf.


A paradigm is a form of knowledge that is neither inductive nor deductive but analogical. Selected WritingsVol. South Atlantic Quarterly, 2—3: The complexity of the inclusion described by Agamben exceeds not only Deleuze’s and Guattari’s affirmation of the capacity of sovereignty to rule only over what it is capable of interiorizing cf.

In PotentialitiesAgamben clearly connects the idea of potentiality with nusa particular conception of ontology.

Only at that prince can sovereign power be absolute. Furthermore, Agamben’s invocation of potentiality tied to a particular ontological decision exacerbates the paradox of sovereignty to a point at which the whole biopolitical production necessarily passes through the exceptionality of sovereignty. Laclau 14 Needless to say that all of these critiques that revolve around the figure of the homo sacer as a reduction of the different possibilities opened up by the sovereign ban miss the fact that the homo sacer is treated by Agamben as a paradigm, and in this sense, the homo sacer is only a “singular case that is isolated from its context only insofar as, by exhibiting its own singularity, it makes intelligible a new ensemble, whose homogeneity it itself constitutes” Agamben Are, however, these two extra presuppositions justified?

The concept of auctoritas played a key-role in fascism and Nazismin particular concerning Carl Schmitt’s theories, argues Agamben:.

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Agamben, who discusses Negri’s framework briefly c f. On Method New York: Agambenwhich constitutes not a historiographical claim, but rather a historical-philosophical one, according to which, ultimately, democracy does not break the link between violence and law.

Indeed, one can argue that the potentiality of a musician to play the piano, for instance, is weakened if for a long period it does not pass into act.