Giorgio Agamben

Giorgio Agamben (Rome, 1942) is one of the leading figures in European philosophy and radical political theory. In recent years he has been recognized as one of the most provocative and imaginative thinkers in contemporary philosophy and political theory, more specifically, the concepts of power, sovereignty and state of exception. Following the example of Foucault, he analyzed the relationship between political structure with what he calls “bare life” and how the particular nature of this relationship can enable the contamporary reality of  monstruous concentration camps. He was responsible for the Italian edition of the complete works of Walter Benjamin, from whoms work he is a leading exegete.

He has been visiting professor at several universities in the United States and was Director of Programs at the Collège International de Paris. Agamben became a controversial protagonist when he refused to submit to the “biopolitical Tattooing” requested by the Department of Immigration for admission to the United States following the attacks of 11 September 2001.

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The lessons of Giorgio Agamben have been published under the title Arqueologia de la política (Arcadia Editorial, October 2019). The book collects the sessions that Agamben opened with a methodological note: to make archaeology the way of access to the present. This discipline, which allows him to go to the moment of emergence of a given phenomenon and draw the genealogy until today, will trace the path of his reflections. Concepts such as “crisis”, “identity”, “order”, “will”, “historical a priori”, “use” or “politics” find in these pages a new potentiality in what Agamben defines as anthropogenesis, that is, the human becoming of man.

Philosophy, for Agamben, is an intensity that can cross and give life to any field. This book is a proof.

Read here the article by Ignasi Aragay “Els okupes i els monjos franciscans”, published in the newspaper ARA on November 9, 2019, Jaume Claret’s article “La força de la paraula”, also published in the newspaper ARA on February 1, 2020, and Joan Cuscó’s article “Coneixer per transformar”, published in 3de8 on April 9, 2020.