Books Magazine

Agamben's State of Exception Explained in 200 Words

By Williamwatkin

Giorgio Agamben, State of Exception (2003)
The purpose of this complex text is found in the final pages in the consideration of the articulation or relation between two types of power: auctoritas and potestas.  The assumption is that a state of exception suspends potestas of publically sanctioned governmental power, by applying auctoritas, sovereign power.  What Agamben discovers is that this state of exception is not exceptional but omnipresent, and that rather than there being two types of power, power is nothing other than the fictional and machinelike constant interaction between government requiring a sovereign to legitimate its decisions and sovereignty needing government to makes its power actual in the world.
One can see here that Agamben is using Foucault’s governmentality, but suggests that this did not develop over time, but that sovereign and governing power are fundamentally inter-linked from the start.
His overall aim is to show the articulation between sovereign and governmental power, reveal the logical impossibility of this relation and thus suspend or render indifferent the machines of power.
The text itself is a crucial articulation between the incomplete portrait of power as sovereignty in Homo Sacer and the final vision of power as the articulation between sovereign power and governance in The Kingdom and the Glory.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • 5 Reasons That You Need to Eat Prunes

    This shriveled up fruit can actually gross up the appetite of a few people. But once you learn the health benefits of the same, chances are that you will start... Read more

    The 09 March 2015 by   Health_news
    HEALTH
  • International Women’s Day – A Thought for Kivu’s Mothers and Daughters

    By Jane NishimweCongolese women protesting against Rwandan support to M23 – September 2012Across the world, the 8th of March marks a global celebration in honou... Read more

    The 09 March 2015 by   Therisingcontinent
    SOCIETY
  • On Keeping My Eyes Open

    I was very small. “You have to keep your eyes open,” she said. I assured my grandma that I would. “Not everything is what it appears to be, but His eyes are... Read more

    The 09 March 2015 by   Pearl
    HUMOR, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Middle-Eastern Dilled Yogurt Flatbreads with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

    I’ve had an intimate relationship this week with Justin and his peanut butter, and it’s not what you think. If you’re unfamiliar with Justin, you’ve probably ru... Read more

    The 09 March 2015 by   Feedmedearly
    FOOD & DRINK
  • To My Ex

    Darling, Languid-Tepid-Shallow, I thought I would be. One breakup and days later, I strongly disagreed. To cleanse myself off you, First I cursed you day and... Read more

    The 09 March 2015 by   Sarusinghal
    SELF EXPRESSION
  • Game 66: Penguins at Sharks

    Game day from San Jose, CA. Discuss the game here. -Tonight is the Pens final road game in the state of California. -The Sharks are not a great home team. They... Read more

    The 09 March 2015 by   Kipper
    SPORTS

Add a comment

Magazines