By Jessica Whyte
Challenging the usual account of Agamben as a pessimistic philosopher, Catastrophe and Redemption proposes a studying of his political idea within which the redemptive component to his paintings isn't really a curious apart yet as a substitute is prime to his undertaking. Jessica Whyte considers his serious account of up to date politics—his argument that Western politics has been “biopolitics” in view that its inception, his critique of human rights, his argument that the country of exception is now the norm, and the paradigmatic value he attributes to the focus camp—and exhibits that it really is in the course of those catastrophes of the current that Agamben sees the potential of a kind of profane redemption. Whyte outlines the significance of potentiality in his try to formulate a brand new politics, examines his relation to Jewish and Christian strands of messianism, and interrogates the recent different types of praxis that he situates inside of modern commodity tradition, taking Agamben’s notion as a decision for the production of recent political forms.
“One of the book’s strengths is to bare the fundamental bond among sovereign strength and political, social, and cultural identities … [a] attention-grabbing book.” — Comparative and Continental Philosophy
“…Catastrophe and Redemption bargains a very good serious evaluation of Agamben’s work.” — Contemporary Political Theory
“…successfully break[s] during the crust of an interpretative laptop round Agamben that has grown lethargic via repetition … Whyte’s examining of Agamben is nuanced, and her consciousness to the dynamics of capitalism and the historical past of political fight supply a massive corrective to a few of his philosophical developments, with out jettisoning insights.” — Law and Critique
“…Whyte identifies key questions that allows you to have to be requested with the intention to remodel this international. Such questions relate to hard inequality, tough capitalism’s colonialism of the longer term, and growing new kinds of cohesion. to handle those concerns, Whyte attracts us to her end that it's not sufficient to accede to teleological formations of capitalism. We needs to start to boost how one can contest it. This narrow quantity may be noticeable as the sort of name to arms.” — Symposium
Jessica Whyte is Lecturer in Cultural and Social research on the collage of Western Sydney, Australia. She is the coeditor (with Alex Murray) of The Agamben Dictionary.
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Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben (SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy) by Jessica Whyte