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By Sergei Prozorov

Tracing how the common sense of inoperativity works within the domain names of language, legislation, heritage and humanity, Agamben and Politics systematically introduces the basic recommendations of Agamben's political notion and a severely translates his insights within the wider context of latest philosophy.

Agamben's commentators and critics are likely to specialize in his strong critique of the Western political culture within the Homo Sacer sequence. yet this slender concentration serves to vague the general constitution of Agamben's political suggestion, that's neither adverse nor serious yet affirmative. Sergei Prozorov brings out the affirmative temper of Agamben's political suggestion, concentrating on the idea that of inoperativity, which has been imperative to Agamben's paintings from his earliest writings

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Tracing how the common sense of inoperativity works within the domain names of language, legislation, heritage and humanity, Agamben and Politics systematically introduces the basic suggestions of Agamben's political proposal and a seriously translates his insights within the wider context of latest philosophy. Agamben's commentators and critics are likely to concentrate on his robust critique of the Western political culture within the Homo Sacer sequence.

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We shall begin by outlining a general logic of comic politics, which consists in rendering apparatuses of government inoperative, and elucidating the idea of inoperativity with a series of paradigms. We shall then trace the operation of this logic in the four key domains of Agamben’s work: language, statehood, history and life, demonstrating the persistence of the same logic in these different domains. Note 1. This dualism ipso facto excludes such intermediate forms as tragicomedy, which historically referred to a tragedy with a happy ending that usually combined the elevated pathos of tragedy with the lighter comic moments.

While Agamben’s key concepts are often introduced in an elliptical, arcane or esoteric manner, their intelligibility is established through the proliferation of such examples. In this chapter we shall briefly introduce the theoretical concept of inoperativity and proceed to elaborate it through a consideration of a series of paradigmatic examples in Agamben’s works. 32 the sabbatical animal: the politics of inoperativity The concept of inoperativity was derived by Agamben from Alexandre Kojève’s notion of désoeuvrement or ‘worklessness’, whose formulation in the context of the problematic of the end of history we shall address in Chapter 5.

24). This is precisely the function of the numerous paradigmatic figures that we encounter in Agamben’s works – homo sacer, the Muselmann, the porn star, Bartleby, angels – are all used in the paradigmatic manner, making intelligible the wider ensemble from which they stand out due to the suspension of their own denotation. While Agamben’s key concepts are often introduced in an elliptical, arcane or esoteric manner, their intelligibility is established through the proliferation of such examples.

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