Messianic history is defined by two major characteristics. First, it is a history of salvation: something must be saved. But it is also a final history, an eschatological history, in which something must be completed, judged. It must happen here, but in another time; it must leave chronology behind, but without entering some other world. This is the reason why messianic history is incalculable. —— Giorgio Agamben, ‘Difference and Repetition: On Guy Debord’s Films’
The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism : The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism explores the possible and potential relevance of Giorgio Agamben’s political thoughts and writings for the theory and the practice of architecture and urban design. It sketches out the potentiality of Agamben’s politics, which can affect change in current architectural and design discourses. The book investigates the possibility of an inoperative architecture, as an ethical shift for a different practice, just...
Saint Paul: A Screenplay By Pier Paolo Pasolini - Pier Paolo Pasolini's screenplay of an unfinished film about St. Paul is a key addition to the existing bibliography around St. Paul and to a proliferating trend in literature centered on the current turn to religion in philosophy and critical theory. Authors such as Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek and Giorgio Agamben have all taken part in these discussions.
The Use of Bodies (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics) - Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer was one of the seminal works of political philosophy in recent decades. It was also the beginning of a series of interconnected investigations of staggering ambition and scope, investigating the deepest foundations of Western politics and thought. The Use of Bodies represents the ninth and final volume in this twenty-year undertaking, breaking considerable new ground while clarifying the stakes and implications