Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy
Stanford University Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 307 pages
This book collects fifteen major philosophical essays written over a period of more than twenty years by acclaimed Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. The volume opens with an introduction in which the editor situates Agamben's work with respect to both the history of philosophy and contemporary European thought. The essays that follow articulate a series of theoretical confrontations with privileged figures in the history of philosophy, politics, and criticism, from Plato to Spinoza, Aristotle to Deleuze, Carl Schmitt to Benjamin, Hegel to Aby Warburg, and Heidegger to Derrida. Three fundamental concepts organize the collection as a whole: language, in the sense not of particular statements but rather the very taking place of speech, the pure fact of language's existence; history, as it appears from a perspective in which tradition, transmission, and memory reach their messianic fulfillment; and potentiality, understood as a fundamental problem of metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of language. All these topics converge in the final part of the book, in which Agamben offers an extensive reading of Melville's short story "Bartleby the Scrivener" as a work that puts potentiality and actuality, possibility and reality, in an altogether new light.
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absolute Aby Warburg according actuality Agamben already angel anima appears Aristotle Aristotle's Bartleby become conceive concept constitutes Dasein defines Deleuze Deleuze's demonic Derrida destiny discourse divine Ereignis essay essence eternal existence of language experience expression fact facticity figure formula Frankfurt am Main Gershom Scholem Gesammelte Schriften gesture Gilles Deleuze Giorgio Agamben Greek guage Hegel Heidegger's hermeneutics human Ibid Idea immanence impotentiality infinite insofar interpretation Jacques Derrida knowledge Kommerell letters linguistic logic logos Martin Heidegger meaning messianic Metaphysics mode object ontology original originary paradox passage philosophy plane of immanence Plato possible precisely present-at-hand presupposed presupposition principle problem proper proposition pure potentiality redemption reference relation revelation sense Shechinah signify simply soul speak speech tentiality term theory thesis thing thought tion Torah tradition trans transmission truly truth unsayable Walter Benjamin Warburg word writing tablet