Giorgio Agamben Daniel Heller-Roazen
Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy
June 10, 2019 Comments.. 268
Potentialities Collected Essays in Philosophy This book collects fifteen major philosophical essays written over a period of than twenty years by acclaimed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben The volume opens with an introduction in which the edi
  • Title: Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy
  • Author: Giorgio Agamben Daniel Heller-Roazen
  • ISBN: 9780804732789
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book collects fifteen major philosophical essays written over a period of than twenty years by acclaimed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben The volume opens with an introduction in which the editor situates Agamben s work with respect to both the history of philosophy and contemporary European thought The essays that follow articulate a series of theoretical cThis book collects fifteen major philosophical essays written over a period of than twenty years by acclaimed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben The volume opens with an introduction in which the editor situates Agamben s work with respect to both the history of philosophy and contemporary European thought The essays that follow articulate a series of theoretical confrontations with privileged figures in the history of philosophy, politics, and criticism, from Plato to Spinoza, Aristotle to Deleuze, Carl Schmitt to Benjamin, Hegel to Aby Warburg, and Heidegger to Derrida Three fundamental concepts organize the collection as a whole language, in the sense not of particular statements but rather the very taking place of speech, the pure fact of language s existence history, as it appears from a perspective in which tradition, transmission, and memory reach their messianic fulfillment and potentiality, understood as a fundamental problem of metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of language All these topics converge in the final part of the book, in which Agamben offers an extensive reading of Melville s short story Bartleby the Scrivener as a work that puts potentiality and actuality, possibility and reality, in an altogether new light.
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    1. Matthew Balliro says:

      This book is definitely a must read for Agamben fans and those interested in the philosophy of language A nice bit of it went over my head, but each essay contains at least a tiny and most of the time a substantial reflection on Aristotle s writings on potentiality, which really forms the core of Agamben s philosophical thought You re still going to be scratching your head at the end as to what it all means, but I think you ll have a better idea of how Agamben s thought grew from a linguistic in [...]

    2. Hannah says:

      Interesting and diverse collection of essays from Agamben Topics range from Plato s Seventh Letter to an essay on Melville s Bartleby, the Scrivener Also touches on Kammerell, Walter Benjamin s Angel of History, Heidegger and Stimmung Very readable.

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