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Giorgio Agamben'sHomo Saceris 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 Each volume takes a seemingly obscure and outdated issue as its starting pointan enigmatic figure in Roman law, or medieval debates about God's management of creation, or theories about the origin of the oathbut is always guided by questions with urgent contemporary relevance.
The OmnibusHomo Sacer includes:
1.Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life
2.1.State of Exception
2.2.Stasis: Civil War as a Political Paradigm
2.3.The Sacrament of Language: An Archeology of the Oath
2.4.The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Glory
2.5.Opus Dei: An Archeology of Duty
3.Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive
4.1.The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life
4.2.The Use of BodiesTaken together, then, these diverse volumes describe 'the two paradigms' of Agamben's political theology, which might be called, after Michel Foucault, 'the sovereign-and-law paradigm' and 'the biopolitical governmentality paradigm', which constitute 'the twin poles' of 'the political machine', by which contemporary human beings are constituted as subjects and made to 'work by themselves' in the 21st Century multinational capitalist system. TheHomo Sacerparadigm (the sovereign-and-law paradigm) reaches its penultimate statement in the description of the Nazi concentration camp inmates (theMusselmanner) inRemnants of Auschwitz, which provides the most striking example olÉ¨
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