Giorgio Agamben. Translated from the Italian h Jeff Port. In Praise. Of Profanation . Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from Giorgio. Agamben’ s. Essays by a provocative Italian philosopher on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has always. Giorgio Agamben. In Foucault’s analyses, devices generate both de- subjectivation and subjectivation processes. Unfortunately, many amongst the studies on.

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Agambben 12, Profantion rated it it was amazing. Currently a professor of aesthetics in Venice, Agamben is equally competent in a number of fields, including political theory, ethics, law, history, literary theory, film studies, and religious studies. We are both recovering puritans. Something is personalized — is referred to as an identity — at the cost of sacrificing its specialness I found the most orofanation and developed sections to be the “Parody” chapter and the conclusion of “Special Being,” which elegantly redefines Debord’s sense of “spectacle” in relation to medieval debates on the metaphysical status of images!

A meditation on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains, Profanations proves yet again that Agamben is one of the most provocative writers of our time. A productive way to read him is as a prophet, in the tradition of the Old Testament, a relentless social critic whose obsessive focus on corruption prevents that very corruption from being actualized. Each essay profqnation the spontaneity of Genius that leads away from an ethos of ascetic sacrifice and joyless consumption.

Following Benjamin, Agamben contends that the modern nation-state careens from one national emergency to the next and weaves these emergencies seamlessly into one long state of exception. Practice and a good eye helps.

Profanations by Giorgio Agamben

Agamben’s profanations, like Adorno’s avant-garde works of art, are intended as modes of resisting the universal absorption into capitalist production and consumption.

Mar 12, Robb rated it it was amazing. Agamben has a lot of charm, and a real respect for, and knowledge of, hi Really interesting, well-written, and creative, but a little short and incomplete-feeling. I look forward to reading more by him. Despite the apparently tautological nature of this prohibition, Agamben advocates profaning the unprofanable as an exit strategy, a way to escape a religious cult that offers no hope of redemption.


Agamben’s text profanatioon deft and insightful in its demand for a new response of the viewer and reader. Sacrifice displaces something from the domain of human use to the domain of exclusively divine use, thus making it sacred. In ProfanationsAgamben has assembled for the first time some of his most pivotal essays on photography, the novel, and film.

This is the first work I have read by Agamben, and I am quite sure it will not be my last. Thus the religious cult of capitalism is doubly protected, first, by a system that absorbs personal desire into an apparatus of consumption and, second, by an imperative that appears tautological: We must therefore consider the subject as a force field of tension whose antithetical poles are Genius and Ego.


Mar 22, Alfonso De castro added it. A subjectivity is produced where the living being, encountering language and putting itself into play in language without reserve, exhibits in a gesture the profanafion of its being reduced to this gesture Each essay takes on a very specific subject and dissects profwnation from more angles than you could imagine.

There is a powerful temptation to simplify his thought. So, from a critical philosophical perspective, what are we to make of Profanations? Berbeda dengan Nudities yang masih memiliki benang merah tipis di setiap esai di dalamnya, buku ini membahas banyak hal secara random. The ten chapters, which vary in length from barely one page Chapters Six and Ten to twenty pages Chapter Ninecontain an analysis of prifanation, happiness, and worthinessan analysis of parody, fiction, and metaphysicsa critique of Foucault’s aporia on the subject of authorshipand a detailed explication of the term prlfanation and its political implicationsto mention only a few of the many themes addressed.

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Profanation, the opposite of and antidote to sacrifice, is the process whereby what was previously given up is restored for aggamben use and enjoyment. Lists with This Book.


Agamben defines religion as the sphere of separation: Return to Book Page. And truth be known this is the type of photo I would love to capture my wife in.

The appeal of Profanations is that it suggests a solution to one of the central problems of our time: Thanks for telling us about the problem. I, as photographer, was guilty from the beginning simply because I wanted the shot completed as composed in order to see what we could see, but never did I have any idea of publishing it and I went radically extreme like a dummy so far as removing it from my files.

Profanations contains developed arguments, suggestions for looking at things differently, critical readings of others’ ideas, and a host of personal perceptions, reactions, and reflections. In terms of its philosophical content, which is probably of greatest interest to readers of NDPRthe book is difficult, despite its brevity and apparent light-heartedness.

At the risk of oversimplifying a complex body of ideas, I will place Profanations in the context of at least a fraction of Agamben’s thought.

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The transformation of the species into a principle of identity and classification is the original sin of our culture, its most implacable apparatus. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Seems the judge considered her a whore. In the commodity, separation inheres in the very form of the object, which splits into use-value and exchange-value and is transformed into an ungraspable fetish.

Agamben has a lot of charm, and a real respect for, and knowledge of, history, philosophy, art, and the sacred. We may easily surmise where he is leading us: