Tracing how the logic of inoperativity works in the domains of language, law, history and humanity, Agamben and Politics systematically introduces the fundamental concepts of Agamben's political thought and a critically interprets his insights in the wider context of contemporary philosophy.
Agamben's commentators and critics tend to focus on his powerful critique of the Western political tradition in the Homo Sacer series. But this narrow focus serves to obscure the overall structure of Agamben's political thought, which is neither negative nor critical but affirmative. Sergei Prozorov brings out the affirmative mood of Agamben's political thought, focusing on the concept of inoperativity, which has been central to Agamben's work from his earliest writings.
Sergei Prozorov is University Lecturer in World Politics and Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki.
He is the author of six monographs, the most recent being Ontology and World Politics and Theory of the Political Subject, and numerous journal articles on political philosophy and international relations.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. All's Well That Ends Well: Agamben's Comic Politics What is a Mood? Taking Leave of Tragedy Kafka and the Apparatuses of Tragedy Bucephalus The Limbo
Chapter 2. The Sabbatical Animal: The Politics of Inoperativity The Worklessness of Man Inoperative Potentiality Glory Play and Profanation The Empty Throne Bartleby
Chapter 3. Speaking the Unspeakable: Inoperative Language The Thing Itself The Voice Infancy Whatever Being Generic Universality The Thick of It
Chapter 4. How to Play with the Law: Inoperative Statehood Biopolitics: Old or New? The Sovereign Ban State of Nature Abandoned Life Towards a Real State of Exception Form-of-Life
Chapter 5. The Time of the End: Inoperative History The End of History Revisited The Workless Slave The Snob and the Messiah Destruction and Subtraction As Not Removing the Katechon
Chapter 6. Outside of Being: Inoperative Humanity Problematizing the Human The Anthropological Machine Boredom The Saved Night Being with Animals