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Where law is based on vague, unspecific concepts such as “race” or “good morals,” law and the personal subjectivity of the judicial agent are no longer distinct.

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The passage from Agamben’s analysis of the structure of the paradox of sovereignty to his study of the homo sacer pivots on Agamben’s interpretation of Walter Benjamin’s essay Critique of Violence.

Central to Agamben’s approach to the dialectic between constituting and constituted power through the category of potentiality is his move from political philosophy to first philosophy, which is ultimately, agambfn allows the reading of Agamben’s notion of sovereignty to be teleological. The first one asserts that Agamben has hypostatised the homo sacer as the only figure outside the law produced in the double exclusion gaamben which the sacred is exposed. Indeed, in this essay, Agamben claims that every human power is im-potentiality and, paradoxically, “every human potentiality is always-already held in relation to its own privation” Agamben explains the latter idea as “human life To sum up, as Laclau suggests, in order to reduce all the possibilities of the ban to the figure of agabmen homo sacerextra presuppositions should be added to Agamben’s argument:.

However, this ontological choice is marked by the problematisation of the Aristotelian definition of the human being as an “animal that speaks” and the fundamental negativity of language that this definition implies. This does not mean, however, that humans are not, and do not have to be, something, that they are simply consigned to nothingness and therefore can freely decide whether to be or not to be, to adopt or not to adopt this or that destiny nihilism and decisionism coincide at this point.

PDF available at Germanlawjournal. This final authority is insufficiently informed by any law that precedes it: However, the Aristotelian concept of potentiality is not only essentially different from what Negri or Arendt meant vids constituting and constituted power at the historical level, but also it does not confine the politicalpractical dimension of the debate.


But if Schmitt’s aim is to include the necessity of state of emergency under the rule of law, Agamben on the contrary demonstrates that all life cannot be subsumed by law. Norristhe notion of bare life does not inform either the economisation of life —the processes by which life is deprived of value through the commoditisation of the body— or the proliferation of molecular focuses of production of forms of life deprived of value outside the sovereign domain.

South Atlantic Quarterly, 2—3: It is precisely the latter form of potentiality that interests Agamben cf. And only if it is possible to think the relation between potentiality and actuality differently —and even to think beyond this relation— will it be possible to think a constituting power wholly released from the sovereign ban.

Connolly 24which con-sist in the fact that the sovereign is outside and inside the juridical order cf. Laclau and the aforementioned scholars are certainly right when they suggest that the homo sacer is only one of the possibilities opened up by the relation of the ban, and that in concrete historical contexts, the outsider will probably have social and identity links. The historicity unda the paradigm lies neither in diachronic not in synchrony but in a crossing of the two.

However, Negri never leaves aside the political dimension of the atamben between constituting and constituted power.

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The individual can not only be deprived of their citizenship, but also of any form of agency over their own life. Agamben’s investigation of sovereignty as the sphere in which “law refers to life and includes it in itself by suspending it” 28 9 opens up his inquiry into bare life.

In order to break this link and thus to render the exception inoperative, Agamben relies on the ambiguous expectation of a new ontology of potentiality, pointing in a theological direction. Wall painting of Agamben at the Abode of ChaosFrance. Here, Walter Benjamin comes to the fore once again, so that the state of exception becomes the rule due to an intensification of its own undecidability, which also means that “the state of exception is no longer able to fulfill the function Schmitt assigned to it in Political Theology: But it is a process so abstract and teleological or —as Kant put it— terroristic, that is, armed with a radical ethical pessimism, based on a metaphysics of transcendence as to become instrumental in too many theoretical positions and indifferent to too many ideological standpoints.

After locating different perspectives within postmodern thought that sustain this crisis from the biopolitical transformation of the concept of sovereignty to its modification in the light of international lawNegri poses a cardinal question for this enquiry: Agamben prefers using this term as it underlines the structure of ex-ceptionwhich is simultaneously of inclusion and exclusion.


The English edition was translated by Adam Kotsko. The Myth of Disenchantment: Duke University Press, b. Agamben’s ontology in the realm of sovereignty and potentiality is therefore tied to this particular conception of Being. The process of both acquiring knowledge, and suppressing certain knowledge, is a violent act within a time of crisis.

Constituent Power and the Modern State. Sovereign Power and Bare Life”Giorgio Agamben analyzes an obscure [37] figure of Roman law that poses fundamental questions about the nature of law and power in general.

Much of Giorgio Agamben’s work since the s can be viewed as leading up to the so-called Homo Sacer project, which properly begins with the book Homo Sacer: During such times of extension of power, certain forms of knowledge shall be privileged and accepted as true and certain voices shall be heard as valued, while of course, many others are not.

Because “only human action is able to cut the relationship between violence and law”, it becomes increasingly difficult within the state of exception for humanity to act against the State.

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The status of the homo sacer is defined by the double exclusion to which it is exposed and as such, it overflows the pure biological life of the “modern avatars” to which Agamben refers as examples of bare life cf. In her analysis of the French Revolution, Hannah Arendt, to whom Agamben devotes just a few lines in his treatment of constituting power cf.

Indeed, Agamben’s notion of the sacred is defined by the violence that opens a sphere that is neither the sphere of the profane nudw that of the divine. Here biological life —which the machines are keeping functional by huda respiration, pumping blood into the arteries, and regulating the blood temperature— has been entirely separated from the form of life that bore the name Karen Quinlan: Agamben Central agambeb the double exclusion of the sacred is Agamben’s invocation of the ban as the original political relation.

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