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Agamben and Radical Politics

Edited by Daniel McLoughlin

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12 essays on Giorgio Agamben’s thinking about economy and government, revolt and revolution

Giorgio Agamben’s analysis of sovereignty was profoundly influential for critical theory as it grappled with issues of security and state violence in the wake of 11 September 2001. But what does his work have to say in an age characterised by financial crisis and political revolts? The 12 essays in this volume provide new perspectives on economy and political action by analysing Agamben’s recent work on government, his account of a non-statist politics and his relationship to the revolutionary tradition. It includes a new essay by Agamben himself, entitled ‘Capitalism as Religion’.

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Introduction: Agamben and Radical Politics, Daniel Mcloughlin
1. Capitalism as Religion, Giorgio Agamben
2. Glory, Spectacle, and Inoperativity: Agamben’s Praxis of Theoria, Mathew Abbott
3. On Property and the Philosophy of Poverty, Simone Bignall
4. ‘Man Produces Universally’: Praxis and Production in Agamben and Marx, Jessica Whyte
5. Liturgical Labor: Agamben and the Post-Fordist Spectacle, Daniel McLoughlin
6. An alogical space of genetic reintrication: Notes on an Element of Giorgio Agamben’s Method, Justin Clemens
7. Zoē aiōniōs: Giorgio Agamben and the Critique of Katechontic Time, Nicholas Heron
8. Agamben, Badiou, and Affirmative Biopolitics, Sergei Prozorov
9. Form-of-life and Antagonism: Homo Sacer and Operaismo, Jason E. Smith
10. What is a Form-of-Life?: Giorgio Agamben and the Practice of Poverty, Steven DeCaroli
11. Law and Life beyond Incorporation: Agamben, Highest Poverty, and the Papal Legal Revolution, Miguel Vatter.

About the Author

Daniel McLoughlin is Senior Lecturer in the Law School at the University of New South Wales. He has published extensively on Agamben in journals including Angelaki, Theory & Event, Law and Critique and Law, Culture and the Humanities.


This is an ambitious and comprehensive collection of essays that cover a neglected aspect of the work of the philosopher Giorgio Agamben. In addition, it focuses on the work that followed Homo Sacer and in which ‘economy’ and resistance increasingly figure. The text is aimed at final year and graduate students as well as specialists in the field. I think it offers an excellent range of essays accessible to the serious student as well as the specialist.

- Michael Dillon, Lancaster University

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