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In this extraordinary and original philosophical achievement, Agamben develops the concept of community and the social implications of his philosophical thought. Agamben’s exploration is, in part, a contemporary response to the work of Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, and, more historically, Plato, Spinoza, and medieval scholars and theorists of Judeo-ChrIn this extraordinary and original philosophical achievement, Agamben develops the concept of community and the social implications of his philosophical thought. Agamben’s exploration is, in part, a contemporary response to the work of Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, and, more historically, Plato, Spinoza, and medieval scholars and theorists of Judeo-Christian scriptures....

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  • April Durham
    2019-01-08 23:28

    This is such a beautiful book and Hardt's translation is very carefully executed so that the poetic language and all Agamben's complexity comes through without the clunkiness that could result from trying too hard. I know this book has been criticized for being too nostalgic, too romantic, too hopeful, but I love how Agamben finds a way through pain and difficult to propose something that could be: a whatever-being such that it always matters. How could one imagine anything better. There is a complicated and layered rendering of good and evil that goes back to Spinoza's substance, although Agamben references the Scholastics. If I'm understanding correctly, which is potentially not the case, Agamben renders the opposition between good and evil more elastic, less possible to destroy. Any potential "I" is always comprised of every possible "not-I". I might be projecting my own desire onto Agamben's complicated a-theology, but I would like to think this through more carefully. Especially love the section on Dim Stockings, a brand of which I am quite fond. This rumination on images and technology opening up space for understanding the "real" more complexly is quite lovely. It made me want to make some art.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-19 17:31

    "The coming being is whatever being."Very, very interesting stuff. I suggest, unlike me, reading it in one sitting. It's short enough to, I'd imagine. At the very least do yourself a favor and read it in at most two or three days. The problem I kept facing is that it's hard to pick up where you left off without reading pretty much everything that came before it again. I would leave for a week and come back and just be perplexed. I started leaving little notes in the margins to kick-start my memory, and finally today I just sat down and read it all, start to finish, and had a blast. The thing about Agamben's writing is that although it is hard to decipher a lot of the time due to his verbosity and weird phrasing, it has an undeniable rhythm to it. He repeats himself a lot and once you recognize his writing patterns, it's a lot easier to tear through certain sections. As far as what the book is about, I can't tell you that. To do so would be to ignore everything I learned from it. It deals with representations and the authority of language and doors, and outside and inside, and Eden and Gehenna and whatever (literally, "whatever"). "the idea of a thing is the thing itself; the name, insofar as it names a thing, is nothing but the thing insofar as it is named by the name."

  • Alejandro Ortiz
    2018-12-28 16:22

    Es un golpe duro entrar hablar así con Agamben. Es como sentarse a la mesa de una conversación que ya había empezado hace mucho tiempo. Claro que aquí la conversación había empezado hará unos dos mil quinientos años y que, sin ningún preámbulo histórico, empezamos a desgranar en las posibilidades ontológicas que nos presenta.Sin embargo, esto que parece ser una desventaja, es también una ventaja. ¿Será una trampilla eso de no leer a Duns Scoto ni a Santo Tomás de Aquino ni a Heidegger ni a Walser ni a Melville y de pronto encontrarnos en pequeñísimas estancias de dos páginas y media, hablando de la ontología medieval, de la revelación ente al renunciar a sus cualidades? Puede ser... pero por algún lado había que empezar.Hay mucho en este librito de 70 páginas que me hace ruido, y eso está excelente. ¡Muchas cosas! Cosas que simplemente no trago: como el propio título, su propia predicción, su no-destinación a la que está avocado, es decir, que me diga en la cara, "Oiga, usted, lo que estoy hablando aquí no es para sus orejas. ¡Es para las orejas de los que vienen! ¡De los futuros! De los hombres que no son usted". Demasiada jerga profética al estilo heideggeriano -es lo que menos tolero de Hiedegger-, demasiada esperanza en ese mesías neutral. Otras cosas, otras estancias, podría decirse, son mucho más estimulantes. La simplicidad del análisis de "Solaz" o "Adgio" es maravillosamente claro. El análisis de la rotura "mediática" hecha justamente desde los medios.Y cosas en las que uno se puede hundir a seguir reflexionando constantemente. Por ejemplo, la noción que maneja de límite-aureola y lo irreparable. (En la edición que manejo, que es la segunda edición de 2006, se incluyen dos además del titulado: "Lo irreparable" y "Apostilla 2001", desconozco si el segundo aparezca en la primera edición).Lo irreparable (término que dicho sea de paso, no me gusta nada, principalmente por el uso de artículo neutro) sería algo así como el ente en su inevitable e inescapable límite. El ente que es la cosa entregada a su límite justo. Y en esa justedad, en esa cualseaidad perfeccionarse por su singularidad. Sería algo así como apropiarse del límite para la trascendencia, para lo que Agamben llama salvación. Claro que podríamos quedarnos horas discutiendo sobre esto. Límite aureoleado como en Santo Tomás que no es más que la perfección de la naturaleza, su completud. ¡De eso se trata! La redondez del ente -ente entendido en sentido heideggeriano-, recobra su revelación es su irreparable singularidad. Cuyo fundamente es... cualsea. Demasiado poca interacción con Agamben como para tenderle la trampa y sorprender su movimiento productivo -su intento de producir metafísica- y denunciarlo. Me parece que es, al final, lo que está haciendo. Pero hay que leerlo con más calma. Volver a él. Volver a esta mesa y a todas las que ocupe su hablar.Una cosa es cierto: lo irreparable, el cumplimiento del ente de su posibilidad, es siempre contingente. Necesariamente contingente o contingentemente necesario, como dirá él. Es verdad que lo irreparable camina solo en un sentido, ya que el ente no puede repararse en su posibilidad, pero lo que creo que le puede pasar al ente -mucho más importante que salvarlo en su acto profano- es que el límite, por algún procedimiento, consiga romperse. Romper el límite. En este caso, romper el límite no significaría el trascender del ente, sino su pérdida absoluta. Su dejar en ruinas las ruinas. O mejor dicho, hacer desaparecer lo irreparable, no reparándolo, sino acabando de destruirlo. Quién sabe si todo esto se trate de "salvar", mis investigaciones aún no me llevan a tales derroteros. Acaso sea únicamente acabar de expulsar a la salvación de todo esto. ¿Recobrar la dimensión de ente? ¿Expulsar al ser-ahí del despliegue del ser del ente? ¿Relevarlo de su tarea de guardián del ser? ¿Es esa la comunidad que viene?Conversación, si lugar a dudas, estimulante. ¡Relectura obligada!En cuanto a la edición: como siempre Pre-Textos con solidez y estética en sus colecciones. Respeto mucho a esta editorial. Pero hay erratas imperdonables por ahí. No solo en cuestión tipográfica, porque hay un uso medio anárquico u olvidadizo de cursivas, sino hasta ortográfico grave. Otra cosa es que las notas a la traducción se podrían haber trabajado más. Resultan medio mochas. A veces con exceso de información, a veces con muy poca. Aún así, buen libro, sin duda.

  • Amari
    2019-01-10 22:23

    yes! in a bound of fabulous fortune, i am reading agamben directly after _zen mind, beginner's mind_. i'm not sure that i could handle agamben's prose if not for the softening of the concept of the dialectic that suzuki imposes on the reader. i am reading agamben out loud to myself, which is difficult only when i hear myself saying something i don't believe. for example, i'm willing to take as a given that (and here i paraphrase) the antinomy between the individual and the universal has its root in language -- but only to follow agamben in his point (which is, i admit, intricate and lovely). but i see language as a product of thought, and only in very isolated cases am i willing to conceive of a linguistic notion as the basis of a concept, thought, or theory. more so, the more basic the thought.agamben is gauzy, ephemeral, convincing, hard-edged. i can't quite piece it all together yet, but i know something outstanding is happening in this book. it is light and transparent prose, but driven. and the ideas... the ideas... ***in the end, i felt strongly and mixed about all this. i am not convinced by the translation. there are things i don't understand, but at times i have the idea that i don't understand because the translator may not have understood. i'll try in another language when i have the chance.

  • Justin
    2018-12-28 15:32

    Despite the title, it's a series of meditations not only on community, but also on language, ontology, culture, capitalism, etc. I enjoyed the Derridean take and the sense of play. There are some great insights in here, but it doesn't pull together the way I expected, and I think much of the vision is obscured (I'll confess some of it is opaque to me since I lack some of the philosophical background). I'd like to see his vision of community expanded. There's a call to arms and an optimistic vision in here that don't get the treatment they deserve.

  • Don
    2019-01-16 22:23

    This book is exciting and frustrating. Like other things I've read by Agamben, there are lots of provocative and interesting ideas presented here, but nothing is fleshed out properly. I was surprised by how deep into the linguistic turn this books dives; sometimes hilariously so.The appendix seems to be entirely nonsensical. If anyone can parse it for me, I'd love to know what it means.

  • Luke
    2019-01-08 17:31

    Well... I'll maybe say a bit more later, but suffice it to say that Agamben is basically a friggin genius and this is his masterpiece in many ways. Definitely an amazing book that proposes an entirely new form of thought and a new conception of self and world...

  • Fernando
    2018-12-25 16:35

    Extremadamente perturbador. De algún modo, muestra la indiscernibilidad entre pensamiento político y pensamiento escatológico. Terror.

  • Samuel
    2018-12-25 23:32

    commended, recommended, whatevera brave and lovely book

  • Mark
    2019-01-05 16:34

    Difficult and dense but generates incredible concepts the more you return to it.

  • Luke Echo
    2019-01-20 18:42

    Fragmentary and confronting.

  • Ferda Nihat Koksoy
    2019-01-06 23:35

    GELMEKTE OLAN ORTAKLIK -Gerçekte KURTARILAMAZ olan hayat, İÇİNDE KURTARILACAK HİÇBİR ŞEY OLMAYAN hayattır.-İYİ, kötülüğün iyice kavranması; ŞEYTAN ise ilahi kudretsizlik demektir. -KÖTÜLÜK, yalnızca şeytani olan karşısındaki YETERSİZ TEPKİMİZ, kaçışımızdır. KAÇIŞ/KUDRETSİZLİK, KÖTÜLÜĞÜN KÖKÜDÜR. -İYİ, GİZLİLİĞİN ve DIŞTA KALANIN OLMAYIŞIDIR. -Ortak olandan tekile, tekil olandan ortak olana geçiş tarzına ETİK denilir. -Cennetin duvarlarında yapılan her sağlamlaştırma, cehennemin uçurumunda bir derinleşmeye karşılık gelir. CENNET İLE CEHENNEM ARASINDAKİ DUVAR YIKILMALIDIR.-FAŞİZM-NAZİZİM kesinlikle AŞILAMAMIŞTIR ve bizler hala onların burcu altında yaşamaktayız-KÜÇÜK BURJUVA, dünyayı miras almış, İNSANLIĞIN NİHİLİZMDEN SONRA HAYATTA KALMA BİÇİMİ olmuştur. Nihilizmin dehlizlerinden miras aldığı BİREYSEL VAROLUŞUN DUYARSIZLIĞI/SAÇMALIĞI, küçük burjuvayı ANLAM ve SAĞDUYUDAN YOKSUN hale getirmiştir. Hiçbir şey yeni insanlığın yaşamına, REKLAMI YAPILAN ÜRÜNÜN HER TÜRLÜ İZİNİN SİLİNDİĞİ BİR REKLAM FİLMİ kadar benzemez. Küçük burjuvanın en büyük çelişkisi, DOLANDIRICILIKLA ELİNDEN ALINMIŞ OLAN ÜRÜNÜ BU FİLMDE HALA ARIYOR olmasındadır; aslında kendine ait olmayan, faşizm tarafından kendisine verilmiş ve artık anlamsızlaşmış olan YAPAY HALK-ULUS KİMLİĞİNİ kendisinin kılmaya inatla uğraşmaktadır. -"Görünenin iyi, iyi olanın görünür" olarak kabul edildiği günümüzde, ORTAK OLANIN ELİMİZDEN ALINMASI şeklinde sahnelenen DEMOKRATİK (?) GÖSTERİ REJİMİ, kendini var ettiği ve din adamlıklarını gazetecilerin ve medyakratların yaptığı değersizleştirici-yıkıcı DİL ile HALKLARI KENDİLERİNİ VAR ETTİKLERİ DİLLERİNDEN KOPARMAKTADIR; gelenekleri, inançları, ideolojileri, kimlikleri ve ortaklıkları yerlerinden etmekte ve içlerini boşaltmaktadır. Aslında tam da bu nokta OLANAĞIN BAŞLADIĞI yerdir.-ANLAM ve ÖZGÜNLÜK TAŞIMAYAN BİREYSELLİĞİNİN içinde ÖZGÜN KİMLİK ARAMA peşindeki küçük burjuva, bunun ardında koşmayı bırakıp, HERHANGİLİĞİNİ kavrayıp, onu ORTAK ve MUTLAK DIŞA AÇILMIŞ BİR TEKİLLİK olarak kendine ait kılarsa, işte o zaman hayatında ilk kez ÖN-YARGISIZ ve HERHANGİ BİRİ olarak bir ORTAKLIĞA girebilir, iletişim kuramadıklarıyla İLETİŞİM kurabilir.-HERHANGİLİK, saf TEKİLLİĞİN figürüdür. Herhangi biri olabilmek, Kant'ın dediği gibi "insanları MÜMKÜN OLAN HERŞEY ile SINIRDAŞ/EŞİKTE hale getirir ve BÜTÜNE AİT KILAR". Buradaki AİDİYET, herhangi biri olma ve BELİRLENMEMİŞ BİR BÜTÜNLÜK ile ilişkidir. -Bu EŞİKTE hal, bir dışarısının/ötekinin içinde olma halidir. EKS-STASIS (kendinin dışında olma hali), HERHANGİ-TEKİLLİĞİN, İNSANLIĞIN BOŞ ELLERİNDEN TOPLADIĞI ARMAĞAN olacaktır. GELMEKTE OLAN ORTAKLIĞI, ANCAK BÖYLESİ HERHANGİLİKLERİN BARIŞÇI GÖSTERİLERİ SAĞLAYABİLİR. Buradaki umut, insanların "OLAMADAN EDEMEME" yani "VAR OLMADAN OLAMAMA" algısından sonra başlayabilir.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-01-03 22:30

    2.5. there's some moderately interesting, or at least potentially thought provoking, stuff in here, but it's mixed in with a good deal of nonsense and garbage, too many tedious word games (undoubtedly Agamben thought he was being clever), and not enough semantic content to actually express any meaning.

  • Matthew Balliro
    2018-12-23 16:31

    This is a pretty heavy book and gives some good introductions to Agamben's themes of potentiality and society of the spectacle (which isn't really his idea, but oh well). If you're interested in those ideas, then I think this would be a pretty good place to start your investigations. But the rest of the book talks mostly about linguistics and being which, even though they're incredibly interesting, may not be where Agamben-beginners might want to start. You should probably just go with "Homo Sacer" and dive into where his thought seems to still be going. After one reading, I'm still not sure what the coming community is, because in typical fashion he doesn't lay it out on the table for you. But like "form of life," this seems like one of those central ideas that needs to be unwrapped in order to see Agamben's main vision. Recommended for Agamben-ites, but it'd be hard to recommend this for anyone else.

  • Bradley
    2018-12-28 15:47

    I really wanted to enjoy this book. Just too many vague statements that can be passed off as lazy... also extremely intertextual, I know that's the going style these days, but he rarely says anything original in this text without relying on someone else to do so. It makes me wonder - who are the big philosophers of today? Have all the big ideas been thought already? Is this really the end of philosophy (as Heidegger pronounced nearly 80 years ago)? Meh, Agamben is overrated in my opinion, but for some reason all my professors looooved him. Just can't wrap my head around why he's so influential. Starting to believe it just matters where you go to school... if you go to a top ranked school you can just publish any bs. nonsense and get away with it. Not saying this is nonsense, but its just too vague. I could never hand in a paper like this in graduate school and get an A.

  • Matt
    2019-01-11 15:23

    Agamben's philosophy on the singularity and contingency of a community that exists simply to be, "such as it is", rather than in static institutionalized forms which uses traits of identity to distinguish it from those outside of it (such as Italian, Communist, etc). "These pure singularities communicate only in the empty space of the example, without being tied by any common property, by any identity. They are expropriated of all identity, so as to appropriate belonging itself..." (10,1).

  • Annie
    2018-12-31 23:48

    Don't read this without a mentor's guidance. Or, read it, but with the thought in that back of your head that you're going to have to read it again. This piece sort of denounces Agamben's critics in that it's way more critical than people give him credit for, and it's also very hopeful. I actually read it after Homo Sacer, which I think made it a little bit easier to understand. The chapter on Limbo is almost poetic.

  • Rob
    2019-01-05 22:29

    (6/10) I'm not really sure how to rate philosophy books -- I always feel completely out of my depth. This is partly Agamben's elusive style, which could be criticized as simply obscuritan, but also achieves a kind of poetry. Of the ideas I comprehended, some were insightful and some were less so, but who knows how much I misunderstood. For philosophy nerds only.

  • Leonardo
    2019-01-16 18:50

    Sobre las relaciones entre identidad y pertenencia y sobre la constitución de una “subjetividad” cualquiera. Imperio Pág.249Sobre la relación entre lo singular y lo común. Imperio Pág.267

  • Joel Call
    2019-01-03 19:26

    Really interesting. I gave it 3 instead of 4 mostly because I couldn't understand all of it since it was out of my depth. In the end it seemed a bit too much of a restatement of Nietzche's "amor fati." It contains some beautifully-put points and interesting thoughts nonetheless, and I'm sure there are plenty of things I simply couldn't understand. I enjoyed, and hey, barely over 100 pages.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-27 19:50

    To oversimplify, the book addresses the idea of community based upon "whatever." It's somewhat vague, insofar as he drifts from the Greeks, the Medieval and 20th century for models, yet that's precisely the idea Agamben is getting at. What have demarcations done for us?

  • Victor
    2019-01-12 20:26

    Another fascinating read. I like Agamben's exploration of St. Augustus grappling with what happens after the end of the world and the physical world is accommodated to the spiritual world. Also Agamben's exploration of the origin of the halo. Sly stuff just like Dave Hickey.

  • Rui Coelho
    2019-01-01 20:24

    This could have easily been a short paper. It feels like Agamben decided to be super repetitive to add more pages and publish it as a book. His idea of the whatever subject is not bad, but is definitively not his best work.

  • Gnome Books
    2019-01-09 23:46

    whatever

  • Ruthmarie
    2018-12-28 23:27

    Clearly the work deserves a better rating from me. The failure is my own. I need to be back in philosophy class in order to talk through these difficult notions. Food for deep thinking.

  • jose coimbra
    2019-01-12 15:39

    Excelente e difícil livro, o qual se situa em linha com as análises iniciadas por Bataille, Blanchot e Nancy a cerca da 'comunidade que vem'.