Giorgio Agamben is one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory. His work covers a broad array of topics from biblical criticism to Guantanamo Bay and the ‘war on terror’.
Alex Murray explains Agamben’s key ideas, including:
Investigating the relationship between politics, language, literature, aesthetics and ethics, this guide is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the complex nature of modern political and cultural formations.
Acknowledgements Why Agamben? Key Ideas 1. Language and the Negativity of Being 2. Infancy and Archaeological Method 3. Potentiality and ‘the Task of the Coming Philosophy’ 4. Politics – Bare Life and Sovereign Power 5. The Homeland of Gesture – Art and Cinema 6. The Laboratory of Literature 7. Bearing Witness and Messianic Time After Agamben Further Reading Works Cited
Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.
The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:
Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.