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Giorgio Agamben Ä 2 Read & download Che cos'è un dispositivo? Review ↠ 102 Hilosophers tend to be very skeptical about friendship In his second essay Agamben tries to dispel this skepticism by showing that at the heart of friendship and philosophy but also at the core of politics lies the same experience the shared sensation of being Guided by the uestion 'What does it mean to be contemporary' Agamben begins the third essay with a reading of Nietzsche's philosophy and Mandelstam's poetry proceeding from these to an exploration of such diverse fields as fashion neurophysiology messianism and astrophysics. 3 essays of which I was most interested in the first What is an Apparatus Agamben creates a categorical criteria between 1 Living things and 2 The Apparatuses which seek to control them with subjectivity in between Capitalism he suggests is the accumulation and proliferation of apparatuses He also describes the move from discipline to control In the disciplinary society apparatuses were used to create subjectivities the creation of individuals whereas in the control society there is only a desubjectification and no subjectification The individual is disseminated and turned into a numerical value Thus politics as an apparatus no longer considers individual movements workers movement bourgeoisie etc but is only concerned with the perpetuation of itself a machine with left and right poles To escape this apparatus Agamben suggests we cannot simply seek to destroy it or to use it for ourselves as we might see in accelerationism or Negrism but instead posits the possibility of Profanation the sacred object becoming profane
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Giorgio Agamben Ä 2 Read & download Che cos'è un dispositivo? Review ↠ 102 The three essays collected in this book offer a succinct introduction to Agamben's recent work through an investigation of Foucault's notion of the apparatus a meditation on the intimate link of philosophy to friendship and a reflection on contemporariness or the singular relation one may have to one's own time 'Apparatus' dispositif in French is at once a most ubiuitous and nebulous concept in Foucault's later thought In a text bearing the same name 'What is a dispositif' Deleuze managed to contribute to its mystification but Ag. This book is so short and its essays such sketches that its price tag is its most shocking attribute The three essays range from very good to alright but none is particularly original The title essay is a hyper compression of the author s own The Kingdom and the Glory and will almost certainly be the most satisfying both theoretically and programmatically for better and worse thing GA ever pens lots of cookies here for his anarcho and Tiunist audiences It is for this reason also the most adaptable to the zine form where at a price of a dollar to free it is much at home than in this object barely larger than the stack of 20 dollar bills Stanford wants for it Contemporary apparently the text of a lecture to introduce a seminar of GA s reads like a not particularly exciting gloss on Benjamin s theses on history and Foucault s genealogyarcheology Andor on GA s own method Friend is the hardest to summarize but also despite some very interesting nuggets the most lacklusterGiorgio Agamben Ä 2 Read & download
Giorgio Agamben Ä 2 Read & download Che cos'è un dispositivo? Review ↠ 102 Amben's leading essay illuminates the notion 'I will call an apparatus' he writes 'literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture orient determine intercept model control or secure the gestures behaviors opinions or discourses of living beings'Seen from this perspective Agamben's work like Foucault's may be described as the identification and investigation of apparatuses together with incessant attempts to find new ways to dismantle them Though philosophy contains the notion of philos or friend in its very name p. This is a painting one of my friends showed me a couple of months ago The Apostles Paul and Peter on the Road to Martyrdom by Giovanni Serodine he said Agamben says the two apostles in this painting are so close that there s no way they can see each other hence a perfect allegory for friendship I took a look It reminded me of I Corinthian 1312 also by Paul For now we see in the mirror dimly but then face to face That s an interesting take I told him Though that makes me wonder if the painter too had I Corinthian 1312 in mind and if yes did he mean to show Paul finally coming face to face and still unable to see Is this about Paul being tried with doubt close to his end I forgot all about the painting a little while later until a few days ago when I decided I d want to take a closer look at it and maybe write up on I couldn t remember the name of the painting though so I asked my friend about it He couldn t remember it either but he could tell it s mentioned somewhere in What is an Apparatus by Agamben And that s how I came across this bookSerodine s painting is briefly mentioned in The Friend one of the three short essays of this book The three essays are each an attempt to define an important term Apparatus a key term in Focault s philosophy that roughly refers to the network of structures and mechanisms that serves a necessary function for practicing power the Friend the philos a term so incredibly close to philosophy and yet so conceptually distant and the Contemporary a term perhaps useful to understand our relationship with the philosophical texts of our time Among the three friend remains the least defined term Serodine s painting in fact is brought up as an example to portray the near impossibility of the conceptualization of friendshipEach essay is at least slightly interesting but neither one is stunning For Apparatus Agamben presents an interesting trace oikonomia the Church s final resort for explaining the administration of divine power He also decides that everything which has a potential to control and orient our lives may be considered as an apparatus and that man is in desperate need of a strategy to deal with them Restoring these apparatus to the free use of man or Profanation Agamben claims is the only counter apparatus that would do the job Yet he fails badly to really explain what this really means or how it s even doableAlmost half of The Friend is spent on emphasizing the impossibility of its conceptualization and the other half on repeating a passage by Aristotle In What is Contemporary the third essay Agamben first asserts that being contemporary does not mean coinciding with one s time or even agreeing with it but it s about establishing a uniue relationship with that He then relies mostly on The Century a poem by Osip Mandelstaum to draw a few properties for his definition and further elaborate itThere are not a ton of original ideas in this short book far less indispensable ones Yet at times one comes across interesting points discussed here and there that one might be able to pick uestion or build up on perhaps similar to how that painting has lingered and transformed in my mind Otherwise you might as well do without this one and go pick up a denser auspicious book that offers a better chance of proving didactic
- Che cos'è un dispositivo?
- Giorgio Agamben
- 21 May 2020