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Going Along For the Ride: Violence and Gesture—agamben Reading Benjamin Reading Kafka Reading Cervantes

Simon Morgan Wortham and Gary Hall

in Experimenting

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228140
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240975 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823228140.003.0011
Going Along For the Ride: Violence and Gesture—agamben Reading Benjamin Reading Kafka Reading Cervantes

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The “state of exception” thus serves as the pretext of a violence bent on justifying and reproducing a political-legal system that presents itself as the indispensable condition of that “minimal order” required in order for life to be livable. “Purity” thus is not a characteristic of immanence, not a property, but, as Agamben notes, a “relational” category. In the case of violence, he continues, “purity” should be sought not in “violence itself” (pas dans la violence meme), but “in its relation to something external.” Anything that defines its “purity” or identity in terms of its relation to something else is, of course, a “means.”

Keywords: exception; Agamben; purity; violence; means; relation; identity

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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