Means without End: Notes on Politics, tr. This is why, for Benjamin, "it is worthwhile to investigate the origin of the dogma of the sacredness of life" Martin's, For Aristotle, the transition from voice to language is a founding condition of political community, since speech makes possible a distinction between the just and the unjust.
Translated by K. Abstract This article presents a critical account of Agamben's understanding of the logic of sovereignty and of the notion bare life, particularly Agamben's approach to the paradox of sovereignty and its relation to Aristotle's metaphysical category of potentiality.
For Agamben, and certainly for Schmitt, this paradox lies in the fact that the sovereign, having the legal power to decide if the juridical order is to be suspended, legally places himself outside the law. Notes I would like to thank Thanos Zartaloudis, a wonderful teacher and friend, who first introduced me to the work of Giorgio Agamben.
Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy, ed. Sovereign Power and Law Sovereign power, Agamben argues, establishes itself through the production of a political order based on the exclusion of bare, human life. This zone of indistinction is produced according to Agamben by the inclusion of chaos in the juridical order, since in order to refer to something, a rule must both presuppose and yet still establish a relation with what is outside relation.
New York: Viking, This is, for instance, the position defended by Thomas Lemke, for whom Agamben "cannot account for these processes since his attention is fixed on the establishment of a border —a border that he does not comprehend as a staggered zone but as a line without extension that reduces the question to an either-or"