<i>Face to Face with Agamben; or, the Other</i> in <i>Love</i>

Wolfreys Julian

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:
Face to Face with Agamben; or, the Other in Love

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This chapter discusses the separation of love from desire and eroticism. Following the trace of love, this chapter meditates on its non-philosophical alterity, its status as the precondition of knowledge, its spectral reappearance throughout the text of philosophy. A problematic missed encounter between Giorgio Agamben and Martin Heidegger is considered whose consequences, when rigorously followed through, imply the immemorial, transgressive experience of the ‘souvenir’ of love. Love is found everywhere in the text of Agamben. Love in the text of Agamben brings us face to face with the very grounds of history itself. Love admits — confesses and gives entrance to — its own uncanny condition. It enlightens the readers, illuminating the basis of the radical ‘otherness’ of time, and of its ‘destructive’ character with regard to history conceived as undifferentiated continuum.

Keywords: love; desire; eroticism; Giorgio Agamben; Martin Heidegger; philosophy

Chapter.  6299 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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