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If this is the case, his readers might well wonder whether he is changing his field of focus.
While in its treatment of political questions Homo Sacer represents a departure, it is one that should not be overestimated. A bright light casts a dark shadow, and the notoriety of the Homo Sacer series has focused the majority of discussions of Agamben's work on that project. U This effect is perhaps seen most clearly in a work that appeared the following year-the first book-length introduction to Agamben's work to be published in any language: Eva Geulen's Giorgio Agamben zur Einfuhrung An Introduction to Giorgio Agamben 5.
Despite an announcement that she will have frequent recourse to "scarcely known earlier texts" by Agamben, even well-known ones tend to recede as Agamben's intellectual world is made to rotate tightly around the fragile figure of the homo sacer Geulen 5, 1 5.
The question of fame, however, is a different one, and Homo Sacer's fame has often led to it being placed alone at the center of his thought. Although Homo Sacer's fame has played a large part in this process, it is not the only contributing factor. Agamben has not tended to present his work as a systematic whole or his books as parts of an overarching project.
On the contrary, he has often characterized his writings as a set of responses to individual questions, as interventions in specific debates, and as treatments of authors important to him. The result has been that the work of linking his books to one another, as noted in the preface to this study, is left largely to the reader. It is always tempting to locate "breaks" and "turns" in a philosopher's thought for the reason that they help make manageable distinctions and compose familiar narratives.
This least obviously political of his books contains a passage in which Agamben invokes "thought-that is, politics [ilpensiero cioe Ia politica]" IP, 98 . Politics is concerned with nothing less than the lives we lead and the forms our society takes, and for this reason Agamben refers in a recent installment of the Homo Sacer series to "that indefinable dimension we are accustomed to calling politics" RG, Agamben has not been the only writer to find politics an indefinable dimension in his work.
Some commentators have focused on uncertainties considering individual political concepts ranging from sovereignty to the subject to the state. Marchart does not note for his reader that every chapter in Idea ofProse proceeds in this fashion with the idea named in each short chapter's tide treated only indirectly therein "The Idea of Communism," for instance, discusses pornography and "The Idea of Thought," punctuation marks.
While this changes the force of Marchart's point, it does not remove the difficulty that led him to make it. Bernstein has called Agamben's approach in Remnants ofAuschwitz an "aestheticization of [the concentration camp prisoner's] fate for the sake of a metaphysics of language" The charges levelled by Bernstein, Mesnard, and Kahan are the most scathing that can be made, tantamount as they are to accusing Agamben of callous opportunism in his discussion of the most sensitive and painful of matters.
Whether these charges are justified is something that we will look at in depth in Chapter Seven. Benjamin Morgan has argued that Agamben's conceptions of the relations of means to ends and law to violence are fundamentally shaped by Kant's theory of aesthetic judgment and, thereby, that his idea of politics is one whose model is to be found in an idea of art.
On a related note Arne de Boever wo6 has concluded that ''Agamben's thought is crucially a literary-political thought. It is a literary thought that, in its political force, cannot be articulated within the limits ofpolitical science. Whether or not De Boever is right in this claim, it should not be mistaken for a solution to the problem. He suggests that Agamben's work should be understood not as a "political project" so much as an "ethical turn," and that what Agamben proposes in works such as Homo Sacer is not a "political alternative" but an "ethical modification" One of the advantages of such a view is the answer it offers to those frustrated by the absence of concrete political recommendations in Agamben's work to which we will turn in Chapters Six, Seven, and Nine.
Whether Khurana's claim is true in Agamben's terms is difficult to say-for a fundamental reason.
As we saw above, Agamben invoked "thought-that is, politics. What this remark highlights is that the realm delimited by politics is as complex and indeterminate as that of philosophy. For 14 Introduction this reason Agamben will not simply ask, "What is politics?
How, in other words, have we arrived at our ideas of what belongs to the realm of politics and what does not? Aristotle charged Plato with insufficiently distinguishing the things of the polis city-state from those of the oikos home. Agamben does not wish to conflate the two, but he does want to understand by what llleans things, ideas, and practices enter into what we call the political realm. Uncertainty concerning this question is precisely the reason he speaks in Homo Sacer of a neglected political vocation in urgent need of attention.
With these considerations in mind, what then, for Agamben, is politics, and what does it have to do with philosophy and potentiality?
Politics is, as we saw, "thought," but this is not the only definition he gives. Elsewhere he refers to "politics as mankind's most authentic dimension [dimensione piu proprio dell'uomo]" RG, u.
For Agamben, politics is the entire realm of human action. As such, it is not a separate topic that only some may be interested in, or a separate realm that we may enter or exit at certain points in our lives. As a result, thought is by nature political just as politics is by nature philosophical-and the two topics converge in his idea of potentiality. Extreme Positions and Political Potential The striking equation between politics and thought is not the only one of its sort to be found in Agamben's work.
Elsewhere, he equates both thought and knowledge with potentiality.. For this reason Agamben writes that "to think. As any reading of Agamben's works reveals, no idea is so important Introduction 15 for his thought as potentiality. I do not intend simply to restore currency to philosophical categories that are no longer in use. On the contrary, I think that the concept of potentiality has never ceased to function in the life and history of humanity, most notably that part of humanity that has grown and developed its potentialities to the point of imposing its power over the whole planet" P, , italics in original, translation modified.
For Agamben, the question of potentiality is intimately linked not only to the idea of politics we saw earlier, but also to concrete instances and institutions of political power. What is more, he contends that whether we are aware of them or not, our conceptions of potentiality condition our ideas of power and its limits.
In the years when Agamben was beginning to publish his work, Arendt lamented that "the progresses made by science have nothing to do with the! It is precisely such a failure to reflect on the difference between practical possibility and ethical actuality, on potential and possibility, that motivates much of Agamben's writing. As a result, he has characterized his goal as nothing less than "to bring the political out of its concealment [occultamento] and, at the same time, return thought to its practical calling [vocazione practica]" HS, 4 .
There can be little doubt that Agamben's life and thought have proceeded by similar movements. Another student of Benjamin's who was drawn to extreme positions, Gretel's husband Theodor, presents a 16 Introduction particular problem to his readers in this regard.
As many of them have pointed out, they are often required to separate those statements he means quite literally and those that seem to have been made to shock them to attention.
He indeed makes surprising statements and presents provocative paradigms, but he does not appear to do so merely for the sake of surprise or provocation. In a passage that there can be little doubt he meant to be read in all earnest, Theodor Adorno remarked, "There is something that all people, whether they admit it or not, know in their heart of hearts: that things could have been different, that that would have been possible.
They could not only live without hunger and also probably without fear, but also freely.
Adorno's expression of the difficulty of grasping the means for radical change is echoed in Agamben's writing, and a similar imperative motivates the extreme positions he adopts. In fact, I am not in the slightest pessimistic, though I am, however, a bit mistrustful of exuberance" UL, The political scene that Agamben sees stretched before him may be a dark one, but this is no cause for Introduction 17 apocalyptic pronouncement and no cause for pessimism.
On the contrary, it is, strangely enough, cause for hope. Paraphrasing Marx, Agamben has remarked that "the absolutely desperate state of affairs in the society in which I live fills me with hope," and it is this hope that motivates the extreme stances taken in his works BM, There is indeed, as Adorno says, nothing more obvious than that to live without hunger or fear should be the common right of all.
It is equally obvious that this is the furthest thing from the case.
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Electronic filing of finger and retina prints, subcutaneous tattooing, as well as other practices of the same type, are elements that contribute towards defining this threshold. The security reasons that are invoked to justify these measures should not impress us: they have nothing to do with it.
History teaches us how practices first reserved for foreigners find themselves applied later to the rest of the citizenry. What is at stake here is nothing less than the new "normal" bio-political relationship between citizens and the state.
This relation no longer has anything to do with free and active participation in the public sphere, but concerns the enrollment and the filing away of the most private and incommunicable aspect of subjectivity: I mean the body's biological life.