Reflections on Agamben’s Homo Sacer: The Last Act (L’Uso dei Corpi)

Stelios-Faitakis12At Critical Legal Thinking, Flavio Michele Ceci discusses ‘Homo Sacer: The Last Act’ – the recent publication of Giorgio Agamben’s L’uso dei Corpi — forthcoming in English translation as The Use (or Usage?) of Bodies.

Here’s the first paragraph:

Giorgio Agamben has abandoned Homo sacer. By his own admission in the foreword to his book, and having so acknowledged in the first lecture of his 2014 seminar at the European Graduate School, his latest L’uso dei Corpi—forthcoming in English translation as The Usage of Bodies—will be the last chapter of his 20-​year-​long research. Abandoned, he said and wrote, because every demanding philosophical effort cannot be pushed to an end, it cannot be concluded. HomoSacer800In these words, there is already a sort of declaration, a signal from the place he belongs and toward the place he currently occupies in western philosophy. Homo sacer ends with a book gathering his writings and ideas over a span of 20 years, reworking the texture of a lifetime’s thought by recollecting its latest inheritance, but mostly — and more importantly — advancing something on the future.

A schema of the whole Homo Sacer series can be found here.

 

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