Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio by Jessica Whyte

By Jessica Whyte

Offers a impressive new analyzing of Agamben’s political proposal and its implications for political motion within the present.

Challenging the well-known account of Agamben as a pessimistic philosopher, Catastrophe and Redemption proposes a studying of his political concept during which the redemptive portion of his paintings isn't a curious apart yet in its place is key to his venture. Jessica Whyte considers his serious account of up to date politics—his argument that Western politics has been “biopolitics” due to the fact that its inception, his critique of human rights, his argument that the nation of exception is now the norm, and the paradigmatic value he attributes to the focus camp—and exhibits that it really is in the middle of those catastrophes of the current that Agamben sees the opportunity of a kind of profane redemption. Whyte outlines the significance of potentiality in his try to formulate a brand new politics, examines his relation to Jewish and Christian strands of messianism, and interrogates the recent types of praxis that he situates inside modern commodity tradition, taking Agamben’s inspiration as a decision for the production of recent political forms.

“One of the book’s strengths is to bare the fundamental bond among sovereign strength and political, social, and cultural identities … [a] attention-grabbing book.” — Comparative and Continental Philosophy

“…Catastrophe and Redemption bargains an outstanding severe evaluation of Agamben’s work.” — Contemporary Political Theory

“…successfully break[s] during the crust of an interpretative computer round Agamben that has grown lethargic by means of repetition … Whyte’s studying of Agamben is nuanced, and her realization to the dynamics of capitalism and the background of political fight supply an incredible corrective to a few of his philosophical trends, with no jettisoning insights.” — Law and Critique

“…Whyte identifies key questions as a way to must be requested so that it will remodel this international. Such questions relate to not easy inequality, difficult capitalism’s colonialism of the longer term, and growing new different types of unity. to deal with those concerns, Whyte attracts us to her end that it's not adequate to accede to teleological formations of capitalism. We needs to start to improve how you can contest it. This slender quantity may be noticeable as the sort of name to arms.” — Symposium

Jessica Whyte is Lecturer in Cultural and Social research on the college of Western Sydney, Australia. She is the coeditor (with Alex Murray) of The Agamben Dictionary.

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Such work can benefit from considering how Mouffe’s notions of “politics” and “the political” operate as constitutive forces within networks. Networks are predisposed toward a grammar of uncertain potentialities. The traffic in expression across networks comprise the ontic level of communication, which Mouffe (2005, 8–9) and Laclau (2005, 70–71, 87) associate with “politics” as distinct from the ontological dimension of “the political,” which “concerns the very way in which society is instituted” (Mouffe 2005, 9).

The second feature of the issue network important for understanding the politics of civil society is the way it draws attention to the extended political configurations in which CSOs easily become implicated. This aspect of the issue network has not received much emphasis in the work on advocacy discussed above. But in policy studies the issue network is defined as a relatively open network of antagonistic actors that configure around a controversial issue. 11 Defined in these terms, the “issue network” invites us to focus on the broader networks of dissenting actors from the governmental, non-governmental, and for-profit sectors as the sites at which CSOs engage in controversies over specific affairs.

13. One of the most significant exceptions, albeit one that does not focus on global information and communications networks, is Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000). 14. See, for example, Helmut K. Anheier, Mary H. , Global Civil Society 2004/2005 (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004); and John Keane, Global Civil Society? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). See also Manuel Castells, The Rise of the Network Society, vol. 1 of The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1996), 469.

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