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Giorgio Agamben. The Archaeology of Commandment. 2011

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Published on Apr 26, 2012

http://www.egs.edu/ Giorgio Agamben talking about the results of his investigation into the archaeology of commandment. In this lecture he discusses the Greek word arko, the arkon, the beginning of the bible as commandment, beginning and commanding according to Martin Heidegger, the Anfang and Geschichte, the split between origin and commandment in Post Heideggerian philosophy, Reiner Schürmann's Le Principe d'anarchie, Jacques Derrida and the origin, the imperative, apophantic and non-apophantic discourse, is and ought, not sein but sollen, Hans Kelsen's theory of law, the linguistic work of Antoine Meilet and Emile Benveniste, J.L. Austin's speech acts, the commandment as non-apophantic logos, the ontology of assertion - the esti (be) - and the ontology of commandment - the esto (being), performative speech acts, the ontology of commandment vs ontology of assertion, the concept of will (Christian theology), potentiality (Greek theology), modal verbs, and Bartleby the Scrivener.




Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. Giorgio Agamben , 2011.

Giorgio Agamben, Phd., Baruch Spinoza Chair at European Graduate School EGS, is a professor of aesthetics at the University of Verona, Italy and teaches philosophy at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris and at the University of Macerata in Italy. As a post graduate he participated in seminars with Martin Heidegger in Freiburg and directed the Italian Walter Benjamin Edition. Agamben's unique blending of literary theory, continental philosophy, political thought, religious studies, literature and art makes him one of the most challenging thinkers of our time. He was a visiting professor in Paris and has taught at American universities such as UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, Irvine, Santa Cruz, and Northwestern.

Agamben's unique blending of literary theory, continental philosophy, political thought, religious studies, literature and art makes him one of the most challenging thinkers of our time. His friendship with Pier Paolo Pasolini led him to appear in the1964 film "Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo". He has also starred in the art-film "Get Rid Of Yourself", contributing some of his perspectives to an analysis of the Black Bloc and anarchist participation in the 2001 G8 ministerial in Genoa, Italy.

With over sixteen titles translated into English so far, Agamben's work covers fields as diverse as Biblical studies, cinema, classical and medieval literature, linguistics, juridic philosophy, as well as commentary on world politics, theories of language, friendship, art, aesthetics, poetics and more. Agamben, continuing the work of both Foucault and Derrida through incisive studies of history and philosophy, as well as philology, seeks to confront and unwind the aporias and gaps which bind us in our mundane existence. His best known work includes his investigations of the concepts of state of exception and homo sacer.

Among Giorgio Agamben's translated books include The Coming Community (U Minnesota, 1993); Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (Stanford, 1998); The Open: Man and Animal (Stanford, 2002); and State of Exception (U Chicago, 2003).

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