The Omnibus ‘Homo Sacer’ by Giorgio Agamben

Winner of the 2018 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title, sponsored by the American Library Association.

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Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer is one of the seminal works of political philosophy in recent decades. A twenty-year undertaking, this project is a series of interconnected investigations of staggering ambition and scope investigating the deepest foundations of every major Western institution and discourse.

This single book brings together for the first time all nine volumes that make up this groundbreaking project. Each volume takes a seemingly obscure and outdated issue as its starting point—an enigmatic figure in Roman law, or medieval debates about God’s management of creation, or theories about the origin of the oath—but is always guided by questions with urgent contemporary relevance.


Giorgio Agamben is a contemporary Italian philosopher and political theorist whose works have been translated into numerous languages.


CONTENTS

I. HOMO SACER: Sovereign Power and Bare Life
Contents
Introduction

PART ONE: THE LOGIC OF SOVEREIGNTY
1. The Paradox of Sovereignty
2. ‘Nomos Basileus’
3. Potentiality and Law
4. Form of Law
Threshold

PART TWO: HOMO SACER
1. Homo Sacer
2. The Ambivalence of the Sacred
3. Sacred Life
4. ‘Vitae Necisque Potestas’
5. Sovereign Body and Sacred Body
6. The Ban and the Wolf
Threshold

PART THREE: THE CAMP AS BIOPOLITICAL PARADIGM OF THE MODERN
1. The Politicization of Life
2. Biopolitics and the Rights of Man
3. Life That Does Not Deserve to Live
4. ‘Politics, or Giving Form to the Life of a People’
5. VP
6. Politicizing Death
7. The Camp as the ‘Nomos’ of the Modern
Threshold
Bibliography


II, 1. STATE OF EXCEPTION
Contents
Translator’s Note
1. The State of Exception as a Paradigm of Government
2. Force-of-Law
3. Iustitium
4. Gigantomachy Concerning a Void
5. Feast, Mourning, Anomie
6. Auctoritas and Potestas
Bibliography


II, 2. STASIS: Civil War as a Political Paradigm
Contents
Foreword
1. Stasis
2. Leviathan and Behemoth
Bibliography


II, 3. THE SACRAMENT OF LANGUAGE: An Archaeology of the Oath
Contents
Translator’s Note
Abbreviations
The Sacrament of Language
Bibliography


II, 4. THE KINGDOM AND THE GLORY: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government
Contents
Translator’s Note
Preface
1. The Two Paradigms
Threshold
2. The Mystery of the Economy
Threshold
3. Being and Acting
Threshold
4. The Kingdom and the Government
Threshold
5. The Providential Machine
Threshold
6. Angelology and Bureaucracy
Threshold
7. The Power and the Glory
Threshold
8. The Archaeology of Glory
Threshold
Appendix: The Economy of the Moderns
1. The Law and the Miracle
2. The Invisible Hand
Bibliography


II, 5. OPUS DEI: An Archaeology of Duty
Contents
Translator’s Note
Preface
1. Liturgy and Politics
Threshold
2. From Mystery to Effect
Threshold
3. A Genealogy of Office
Threshold
4. The Two Ontologies; or, How Duty Entered into Ethics
Threshold
Bibliography


III. REMNANTS OF AUSCHWITZ: The Witness and the Archive
Contents
Preface
1. The Witness
2. The Muselmann
3. Shame, or On the Subject
4. The Archive and Testimony
Bibliography


IV, 1. THE HIGHEST POVERTY: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life
Contents
Translator’s Note
Preface

PART ONE: RULE AND LIFE
1. Birth of the Rule
2. Rule and Law
3. Flight from the World and Constitution
Threshold

PART TWO: LITURGY AND RULE
1. Regula Vitae
2. Orality and Writing
3. The Rule as a Liturgical Text
Threshold

PART THREE: FORM-OF-LIFE
1. The Discovery of Life
2. Renouncing Law
3. Highest Poverty and Use
Threshold
Bibliography


IV, 2. THE USE OF BODIES
Contents
Translator’s Note
Prefatory Note
Prologue

PART ONE: THE USE OF BODIES
1. The Human Being without Work
2. Chresis
3. Use and Care
4. The Use of the World
5. Use-of-Oneself
6. Habitual Use
7. The Animate Instrument and Technology
8. The Inappropriable
Intermezzo I

PART TWO: AN ARCHEOLOGY OF ONTOLOGY
1. Ontological Apparatus
2. Theory of Hypostases
3. Toward a Modal Ontology
Intermezzo II

III. FORM-OF-LIFE
1. Life Divided
2. A Life Inseparable from Its Form
3. Living Contemplation
4. Life Is a Form Generated by Living
5. Toward an Ontology of Style
6. Exile of One Alone with One Alone
7. “That’s How We Do It”
8. Work and Inoperativity
9. The Myth of Er
Epilogue: Toward a Theory of Destituent Potential
Bibliography
Index

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