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When the state of exception becomes the rule

Europe got to the point when the state of exception might become the rule. If this happens, a social/political/legal response will be necessary. In my opinion, we are not intellectually prepared to give such a response. 647 more words

Exception and Example: What is Agamben's Endgame?

Last summer, I reviewed Mathew Abbott’s excellent book on Agamben, The Figure of This World. The one reservation that I expressed was over Abbott’s claim that Agamben’s goal is a world in which “everything is exceptional” — but I admitted that I needed time to ponder why that was. 471 more words


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