E–pub/Pdf [Che cos'è un dispositivo?] AUTHOR Giorgio Agamben
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READ & DOWNLOAD Che cos'è un dispositivo? REVIEW ´ Che cos'è un dispositivo? Amben's leading essay illuminates the notion 'I will call an apparatus' he writes 'literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture orient determine intercept model control or secure the gestures behaviors opinions or discourses of living beings'Seen from this perspective Agamben's work like Foucault's may be described as the identification and investigation of apparatuses together with incessant attempts to find new ways to dismantle them Though philosophy contains the notion of philos or friend in its very name p. An illuminating description of and elaboration on Foucault s notion of the dispositif or apparatus I first learned about this concept from the Geopolitics and Development book I read which analyzed the apparatuses surrounding development in a systemic fashion The apparatus is one of the conceptual contributions to political thought that I hope stands immortal in the history of thought far in the future like Aristotle s polis Hobbes Leviathan Marx s ideology Gramsci s cultural hegemony Michels iron law of oligarchy and countless What is an apparatus and why is it so enlightening This is not something I really care to go into detail about here as this would take a great amount of time and Agamben has done a better job than I ever could but in the words of FoucaultWhat I m trying to single out with this term is first and foremost a thoroughly heterogeneous set consisting of discourses institutions architectural forms regulatory decisions laws administrative measures scientific statements philosophical moral and philanthropic propositions in short the said as much as the unsaid Such are the elements of the apparatus The apparatus it self is the network that can be established between these elements by the term apparatus I mean a kind of a formation so to speak that at a given historical moment has as its major function the response to an urgencyThe apparatus therefore has a dominant strategic function I said that the nature of an apparatus is essentially strategic which means that we are speaking about a certain manipulation of relations of forces of a rational and concrete intervention in the relations of forces either so as to develop them in a particular direction or to block them t0 stabilize them and to utilize them The apparatus is thus always inscribed into a play of power but it is also always linked to certain limits of knowledge that arise from it and to an eual degree condition it The apparatus is precisely this a set of strategies of the relations offorces supporting and supported by certain types of knowledgeAgamben submits his interpretation of Foucault s idea and provides some elaboration by utilizing some of his own contributions to political thought
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READ & DOWNLOAD Che cos'è un dispositivo? REVIEW ´ Che cos'è un dispositivo? The three essays collected in this book offer a succinct introduction to Agamben's recent work through an investigation of Foucault's notion of the apparatus a meditation on the intimate link of philosophy to friendship and a reflection on contemporariness or the singular relation one may have to one's own time 'Apparatus' dispositif in French is at once a most ubiuitous and nebulous concept in Foucault's later thought In a text bearing the same name 'What is a dispositif' Deleuze managed to contribute to its mystification but Ag. Agamben s etymological journey into and then subseuently rebirthed out of the Foucauldian term dispositif was insightful not only in thinking about Foucault but also on Agamben s own projects I am thinking primarily of his work in Homo SacerI would however seek to propose an inverse relation of sacrality and profanity in the machinic relations of apparatuses and ourselves in the process of subjectification and desubjectification This is pretty poorly stated but this is not the place to elaborate on my own thoughts necessarilythe second essay on friendship was interesting especially the closing section on Aristotle and the primacy of friendship as con sentuality an existential being with or a between of selves that is primordial and in a sense nonconceptualizable A sans fundamental proximity or relationality with the other that grounds our existence in an abyssThe last essay on contemporaneity was my least favorite In many ways it was just an elaboration of an idea from Nietzsche with an exigesis of a poem theological conceptions of the kairos some astronomical metaphorsfiguative concepts and some talk about fashion thrown in as well But overall it was the least interesting of the three in my opinionThis book is of great interest to those making their way into Agamben s corpus It is extremely short however so be careful about how much you spend acuiring itREVIEW Ù PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ð Giorgio Agamben
READ & DOWNLOAD Che cos'è un dispositivo? REVIEW ´ Che cos'è un dispositivo? Hilosophers tend to be very skeptical about friendship In his second essay Agamben tries to dispel this skepticism by showing that at the heart of friendship and philosophy but also at the core of politics lies the same experience the shared sensation of being Guided by the uestion 'What does it mean to be contemporary' Agamben begins the third essay with a reading of Nietzsche's philosophy and Mandelstam's poetry proceeding from these to an exploration of such diverse fields as fashion neurophysiology messianism and astrophysics. Read this on a lazy afternoon which probably isn t the best way to do it but it s so short that it lends itself to be read uickly The title essay isn t necessarily a breakthrough for Agamben but it s a nice piece that places his criticisms of the society of the spectacle in line with Foucault s idea of an apparatus He seems to be grasping for credibility but I also gave his theory tons of credibility so it s informative but not essential The second essay Friend is a short close reading of a passage from Aristotle that Agamben believes is under read and it s interesting but also not central to understanding Agamben The last essay however sure is an eye opener Even after reading The Time That Remains I was a little confused about how Agamben s messianism works I m still not 100% on board but What is a Contemporary deftly defines the role of the poet in the messianic community No surprise that it ends with Walter Benjamin Recommended for Agamben lovers especially the last essay