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A few scattered thoughts after reading Agamben's Stasis

I’m beginning to think that at the end of the day, Agamben’s Homo Sacer series isn’t “about” sovereignty at all. If there’s a single core problem in this overlapping and yet heterogeneous collection of studies, it might be the threshold between the household and the political. 174 more words


The human nature of Christ - and Government?

I have recently read Larry Siedentop’s Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism, which I’ve really enjoyed. Siedentop’s key argument is how pivotal western Christianity was in the development of society’s consciousness of humans beings as individuals with rights. 515 more words


profane self-criticism

El texto que acompaña estas imágenes pudiera empezar con la tremenda frase de Giorgio Abamben “la profanación de lo improfanable es la tarea  política de la generación que viene” 600 more words


Necropolitics Achille Mbembe

This essay draws on the concept of biopower and explores its relation to notions of sovereignty (imperium) and the state of exception. Such an analysis raises a number of empirical and philosophical questions I would like to examine brie y. 331 more words


On the desire for slavery

Science fiction is full of cautionary tales about full automation: Skynet, the Matrix, the Cylons, etc. It is also full of thought experiments about artificial intelligence, such as Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. 442 more words


The order of the Homo Sacer series

Agamben’s Homo Sacer series is a source of confusion for many, because the volumes have been released out of order. Recently he added a new layer of puzzlement by revising the order, though I think the revision makes more sense than the old numbering. 123 more words