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Civil War as a Political Paradigm

Giorgio Agamben
Translated by Nicholas Heron


Agamben’s genealogy of power in terms of political, philosophical and legal thought

In this inaugural volume of the Edinburgh Encounters in Law and Philosophy series, Giorgio Agamben focuses upon the on-going warfare European state power has waged against its most malignant enemy: civil war itself.

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1. Stasis
2. Leviathan and Behemoth

About the Author

Giorgio Agamben, an Italian philosopher, one of the most renowned thinkers of our time, taught at the IUAV University in Venice, Italy, and holds the Baruch Spinoza Chair at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Wallis, Switzerland. He previously taught at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris and at the University of Macerata in Italy. He is best known for his Homo Sacer series of publications interrogating the ideas of totalitarianism and biopolitics.


for those with an established interest in Agamben, Hobbes or Attic political philosophy, STASIS is recommended reading – and for those seeking to theorize civil war, it is unavoidable.

- Alexander Thom, University of Birmingham, Cultural History

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