State of Exception

State of Exception Author Giorgio Agamben
ISBN-10 0226009254
ISBN-13 9780226009254
Year 2005-01-15
Pages 104
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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Two months after the attacks of 9 11 the Bush administration in the midst of what it perceived to be a state of emergency authorized the indefinite detention of noncitizens suspected of terrorist activities and their subsequent trials by a military commission Here distinguished Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben uses such circumstances to argue that this unusual extension of power or state of exception has historically been an underexamined and powerful strategy that has the potential to transform democracies into totalitarian states The sequel to Agamben s Homo Sacer Sovereign Power and Bare Life State of Exception is the first book to theorize the state of exception in historical and philosophical context In Agamben s view the majority of legal scholars and policymakers in Europe as well as the United States have wrongly rejected the necessity of such a theory claiming instead that the state of exception is a pragmatic question Agamben argues here that the state of exception which was meant to be a provisional measure became in the course of the twentieth century a normal paradigm of government Writing nothing less than the history of the state of exception in its various national contexts throughout Western Europe and the United States Agamben uses the work of Carl Schmitt as a foil for his reflections as well as that of Derrida Benjamin and Arendt In this highly topical book Agamben ultimately arrives at original ideas about the future of democracy and casts a new light on the hidden relationship that ties law to violence

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State of Exception

State of Exception Author Giorgio Agamben
ISBN-10 9780226009261
Release 2008-07-18
Pages 104

State of Exception

State of Exception Author Giorgio Agamben
ISBN-10 0226009254
Release 2005-01-15
Pages 112