Tag Archives: Giorgio Agamben

Reading events with Giorgio Agamben

“ … All we want to do is keep the knowledge we think we will need, intact and safe. We’re not out to incite or anger anyone yet. For if we are destroyed, the knowledge is dead, perhaps for good. … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: Biosecurity and politics

Sharing the continuing reflections of Giorgio Agamben on the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Giorgio Agamben: A Question

A further contribution for the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic from Giorgio Agamben. We again thank the not bored! collective for this translation. This is a text which we partially shared in an earlier post. A Question Giorgio Agamben(1) For … Continue reading

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COVID-19: Translating a pandemic politically (2)

Arundhati Roy, in an eloquent article on the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in india, concludes by writing … Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: Social Distancing

From the online site, Quodlibet … Where death waits for us is uncertain; let us look for him everywhere. The premeditation of death is the premeditation of liberty; he who has learned to die has unlearned to serve. Michel de Montaigne Since … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: Reflections on the pest

From the online site, Quodlibet … The following thoughts are not about the epidemic, but about what we can understand from the reactions it causes in men. It is therefore a question of reflecting on how easily an entire society … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: Normalising the state of exception under the Covid-19 epidemic

What follows is an interview with Giorgio Agamben by Nicolas Truong for Le Monde (24/03/2020), where he analyses “the very serious ethical and political consequences” of the security measures applied to curb the pandemic. As Le Monde reserves full access … Continue reading

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Reflections on a virus: Trying to see the catastrophe where it is not said to be

Power is domination: all it can do is prohibit, and all it can command is obedience. Michel Foucault Human societies have become like devouring and insatiable mono-cultures, and as such, the viruses multiply. Made therefore fragile, we turn to the … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: The coronaviris and the state of exception

Before the frenzied, irrational and totally unjustified emergency measures taken for a supposed epidemic due to the coronavirus, it is necessary to start with the declarations of the CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), according to which “there is no epidemic … Continue reading

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Frédéric Lordon: Imagining revolution and the problem of scale

To share, in translation, a critical essay of “micro” revolutionary politics, by Frédéric Lordon … Lordon may be accused of simply reenacting the old marxist-social democratic criticism of anarchism: that the latter’s anti-statism ignores the inevitable role of state power, … Continue reading

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