Giorgio Agamben. Translated from the Italian h Jeff Port. In Praise. Of Profanation . Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from Giorgio. Agamben’ s. Essays by a provocative Italian philosopher on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has always. Giorgio Agamben. In Foucault’s analyses, devices generate both de- subjectivation and subjectivation processes. Unfortunately, many amongst the studies on.

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Still we will run up against a difficulty. Sep 24, onejusthead rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 09, Matthew Balliro rated it really liked it Shelves: Contrary to the popular notion that creativity prlfanation be ascribed to individuals, a notion that finds its most convincing support in Hannah Arendt’s theory of natality, Agamben contends that genius is better understood as an impersonal force beyond the ego, something like the muses of ancient mythology.

This process is entirely indifferent to the caesura between sacred and profane, between divine and human. Profanations represents a new move in a vibrant career and will be welcomed by readers who have followed the arguments he has developed over the last three decades.

We could say that capitalism, in pushing to the extreme a tendency already present in Christianity, generalizes in every domain the structure of separation that defines religion. Mar 12, Robb rated it it was amazing.

Profanations by Giorgio Agamben

All this seems fairly clear, and nevertheless why does Agamben target pornography as the potential and elective object of profanation rather than fashion? This slim volume is like the little top that kept on spinning after all the other tops had slowed and toppled to a halt. Some familiar themes the significance of gesture, pornography, etc.

Mar 15, Karlo Mikhail rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 28, Marie rated it it was amazing.

Beberapa di antaranya terkait dengan: Want to Read saving…. It is in any event worth reading. Sovereign Power and Bare Life one of three books in the Homo Sacer seriesAgamben developed the unsettling thesis that everyone subject to the agamgen authority of the modern nation-state has been reduced by a system of biopolitics to naked life, existence devoid of personal dignity and rights.


For readers unacquainted with Agamben’s ideas, it will not serve as a general introduction. For example, at the end of Chapter Eight, “The Author as Gesture,” the penultimate sentence reads as follows: Oct 06, tout rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a result of Agamben’s dynamic and deliberately playful shifting from one mode of discourse to another, readers might find it difficult to get their bearings.

Profanation, the opposite of and antidote to sacrifice, is the process whereby what was previously given up is restored for our peofanation and enjoyment.

May 07, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Which is not a bad thing, just a little different than I was expecting. Of course, my wife and I don’t do porn so we rejected the photograph, but in retrospect, my wife was so damn beautiful in that photograph, totally unaware she was showing too much of her profanattion, and because agamven it, innocent to the consequences possible, even, for example, if her aging dad, who was still living at the time, ever found out.

In Fuerbach’s terms, pornography is defined by sex as the identity of the profane and truth, whereas fashion is defined by money as the identity of the sacred and the illusion. Practice and a good eye helps.


Sarki rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: And truth be known this is the type of photo I would love to capture my wife in. Books by Giorgio Agamben. Is it to be taken as an attempt to depict the way things actually are or as a warning, in the Orwellian spirit, against allowing certain trends to go too far? Oct 21, Stephen rated it really liked it.

What they have in common is that they are all provocations of one sort or another that perform what the essay “In Praise of Profanation” describes and theorizes.

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Because of my wife’s innocence the problem now existed where our art did not interface with pornography in the sense described in the opening quote because the model had no feelings of conflict and contradiction during the shoot, proganation would have had afterward when she saw the results and thought of her father finding out if she went ahead and prifanation of the picture’s publication.


Capitalist nihilism is a religious cult of the purest kind – formal – its contents being the empty forms of separation and sacredness. These verbs mean to make impure or inferior by adding foreign substances to something: As a whole, however, it is quite serious.

In the commodity, separation inheres in the profanatuon form of the object, which splits into use-value and exchange-value and is transformed into an ungraspable fetish.


Aug 13, Eli added it. Agamben’s profanations, like Adorno’s avant-garde works of art, are intended as modes of resisting the universal absorption into capitalist production and consumption.

A meditation on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains, Pro The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has always been an original reader of texts, understanding their many rich historical, aesthetic, and political meanings and effects. The ten chapters, which vary in length from barely one page Chapters Agambwn and Ten to twenty pages Chapter Ninecontain an analysis of magic, happiness, and worthinessan analysis of parody, fiction, and metaphysicsa critique of Foucault’s aporia on the subject of authorshipand a detailed explication of the term ‘species’ and its political implicationsto mention only a few of the many themes addressed.

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I don’t often do this, but on having just finished it, I am about to reread the entire book all over again.

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