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In this way, he suggests, the human is able to endure the inhuman. Auschwitz In a separate book, which elaborates on the nature of the camps, Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive Agamben investigates how witnessing and thus testimony are possible in relation to the Nazi concentration camps, particularly Auschwitz. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Connolly 24 , which con-sist in the fact that the sovereign is outside and inside the juridical order cf. Laclau and the aforementioned scholars are certainly right when they suggest that the homo sacer is only one of the possibilities opened up by the relation of the ban, and that in concrete historical contexts, the outsider will probably have social and identity links. By not having fulfilled this task, the revolutionary tradition has failed to recognise the interconnection of constituting power with constituted power. Indeed, as Benjamin had mentioned before in The Right to Use Force "the law's concern with justice is only apparent, whereas in truth the law is concerned with self-preservation" Laclau 14 Needless to say that all of these critiques that revolve around the figure of the homo sacer as a reduction of the different possibilities opened up by the sovereign ban miss the fact that the homo sacer is treated by Agamben as a paradigm, and in this sense, the homo sacer is only a "singular case that is isolated from its context only insofar as, by exhibiting its own singularity, it makes intelligible a new ensemble, whose homogeneity it itself constitutes" Agamben

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.

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sovereign exception notes on the thought of giorgio agamben

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.

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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"

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Sovereign Exception: Notes on the Thought of Giorgio Agamben