<i>The Fading Memory of</i> Homo non Sacer

Anton Schütz

in The Work of Giorgio Agamben

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748634620
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652440 | DOI:
The Fading Memory of Homo non Sacer

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This chapter asks whether the apparent divergences between the work of Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault are due, not so much to irreconcilable methodological and political differences, as to the specific differences of the political situations in which they found themselves. It then illustrates how Agamben's response is to adapt a range of concepts from a range of very different thinkers, including Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy. The homo sacer is devalued life, life as ce qui reste, a remnant that happens, not to ‘be’, but to be ‘around’. The question of the homo non sacer looks easy, as if a positive answer to its possibility would result, simply and in an almost self-explanatory manner, from the fact that man can, at any rate, not be said to have entered the arena of history as homo sacer, that man cannot have been created as homo sacer.

Keywords: Giorgio Agamben; Michel Foucault; Martin Heidegger; Walter Benjamin; Jacques Derrida; Jean-Luc Nancy; homo non sacer

Chapter.  7812 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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