(Che cos'è un dispositivo?) [E–pub] ´ Giorgio Agamben


The Friend the hilos a term so incredibly close to hilosophy and yet so conceptually distant and the Contemporary a term erhaps useful to understand our relationship with the J.R.R. Tolkien philosophical texts of our time Among the three friend remains the least defined term Serodine sainting in fact is brought up as an example to ortray the near impossibility of the conceptualization of friendshipEach essay is at least slightly interesting but neither one is stunning For Apparatus Agamben resents an interesting trace oikonomia the Church s final resort for explaining the administration of divine Prophets Unarmed: Chinese Trotskyists in Revolution, War, Jail, and the Return from Limbo power He also decides that everything which has aotential "To Control And Orient Our " control and orient our may be considered as an apparatus and that man is in desperate need of a strategy to deal with them Restoring these apparatus to the free use of man or Profanation Agamben claims is the only counter apparatus that would do the job Yet he fails badly to really explain what this really means or how it s even doableAlmost half of The Friend is spent on emphasizing the impossibility of its conceptualization and the other half on repeating a assage by Aristotle In What is Contemporary the third essay Agamben first asserts that *Being Contemporary Does Not *contemporary does not coinciding with one s time or even agreeing with it but it s about establishing a uniue relationship with that He then relies mostly on The Century a oem by Osip Mandelstaum to draw a few The Raven and the Falcon: Youth Versus Old Age in Medieval Arabic Literature properties for his definition and further elaborate itThere are not a ton of original ideas in this short book far less indispensable ones Yet at times one comes across interestingoints discussed here and there that one might be able to The Humanist Interpretation of Hieroglyphs in the Allegorical Studies of the Renaissance: With a Focus on the Triumphal Arch of Maximilian I pick uestion or build up onerhaps similar to how that The Reproductive Bargain: Deciphering the Enigma of Japanese Capitalism painting has lingered and transformed in my mind Otherwise you might as well do without this one and goick up a denser auspicious book that offers a better chance of Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future proving didactic 3 essays of which I was most interested in the first What is an Apparatus Agamben creates a categorical criteria between 1 Living things and 2 The Apparatuses which seek to control them with subjectivity in between Capitalism he suggests is the accumulation androliferation of apparatuses He also describes the move from discipline to control In the disciplinary society apparatuses were used to create subjectivities the creation of individuals whereas in the control society there is only a desubjectification and no subjectification The individual is disseminated and turned into a numerical value Thus Piers Plowman: A New Translation of the B-Text politics as an apparatus no longer considers individual movements workers movement bourgeoisie etc but is only concerned with theerpetuation of itself a machine with left and right The War against Animals poles To escape this apparatus Agamben suggests we cannot simply seek to destroy it or to use it for ourselves as we might see in accelerationism or Negrism but insteadosits the Fantasy Noir. Übernatürliche Mordfälle possibility of Profanation the sacred object becomingrofane This is a very short collection of essays so short that I cannot imagine why anyone would buy it As with my last experience reading Agamben I don t get what the big deal is The first essay is a clearly written explanation of the apparatus concept found in Foucault and Deleuze Pretty interesting and sort of useful but ultimately just explaining something already developedThe second essay explores friendship via Aristotle and covers some of the same territory as Derrida Pretty interesting but not groundbreaking at allThe final essay is about time and it is robably the most original article in the book It is the only article that calls "For Rereading And I Sort "rereading and I sort want to reread it next to the sections about time in Society of the Spectacl. 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 hilosophy but also at the core of Diari 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'shilosophy and Mandelstam's oetry roceeding from these to an exploration of such diverse fields as fashion neurophysiology messianism and astrophysics. .
Ct barely larger than the stack of 20 dollar bills Stanford wants for it Contemporary apparently the text of a lecture to introduce a seminar of GA s reads like a not articularly exciting gloss on Benjamin s theses on history and Foucault s genealogyarcheology Andor on GA s own method Friend is the hardest to summarize but also despite some very interesting nuggets the most lackluster 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 Scorch political thought that I hope stands immortal in the history of thought far in the future like Aristotle solis Hobbes Leviathan Marx s ideology Gramsci s cultural hegemony Michels iron law of oligarchy and countless Wha ok boomer 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 Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies projects I am thinkingrimarily of his work in Homo SacerI would however seek to Marrane Et Marronne: La Co-Ecriture Reversible D Andre Et de Simone Schwarz-Bart propose an inverse relation of sacrality androfanity in the machinic relations of apparatuses and ourselves in the This Deleuzian Century process of subjectification and desubjectification This isretty Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama: History, Agency, and Performativity poorly stated but this is not thelace to elaborate on my own thoughts necessarilythe second essay on friendship was interesting especially the closing section on Aristotle and the Tell Me What You Want primacy of friendship as con sentuality an existential being with or a between of selves that isrimordial and in a sense nonconceptualizable A sans fundamental Water in Social Imagination: From Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism 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 aoem 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 it This is a Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887 painting one of my friends showed me a couple of months ago The Apostles Paul and Peter on the Road to Martyrdom by Giovanni Serodine he said Agamben says the two apostles in thisainting are so close that there s no way they can see each other hence a erfect allegory for friendship I took a look It reminded me of I Corinthian 1312 also by Paul For now we see in the mirror dimly but then face to face That s an interesting take I told him Though that makes me wonder if the ainter too had I Corinthian 1312 in mind and if yes "did he mean to show Paul finally coming face to face and still unable to "he mean to show Paul finally coming face to face and still unable to Is this *About Paul Being Tried With Doubt Close *Paul being tried with doubt close his end I forgot all about the Le rendez-vous painting a little while later until a few days ago when I decided I d want to take a closer look at it and maybe write up on I couldn t remember the name of theainting though so I asked my friend about it He couldn t remember it either but he could tell it s mentioned somewhere in What is an Apparatus by Agamben And that s how I came across this bookSerodine s Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing painting is briefly mentioned in The Friend one of the three short essays of this book The three essays are each an attempt to define an important term Apparatus a key term in Focault shilosophy that roughly refers to the network of structures and mechanisms that serves a necessary function for racticing ower. 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 All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence 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 Thoughhilosophy contains the notion of hilos or friend in its very name

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One of the most fascinating things I have in a while it s short and a while It s short and accessible too Agamben makes use of Foucault s definition of the apparatus or dispotif the network of institutions technologies knowledge systems etc that exercise ower within the social body of our society and traces its use over time to establish a relationship between modern organization of the world with the early Christian church The Holy Trinity Father the Son and the Holy Ghost needed the concept of apparatus to explain and In This Land: The Purple Book, Volume Four produce the administration of God s will through the divine economy Agamben s uses the concept of the apparatus for describing therocess of shaping and arranging of human subjects and offers rofanation as a way of engaging in hand to hand combat with apparatuses that control form and direct our livesI still haven t the clue what he is really suggesting we do though by rofanation Crime Chapter 1 What is an Apparatus Separating divine being and governance Leaves us with the governance Governance needs a subject though object The Houdini Solution: Put Creativity and Innovation to work by thinking inside the box perhaps rather aser definition we separated it from it s being and so we get us the subjects in our struggle with the governancedispotif apparatus But be careful because government can lead to catastrophic failure so make sure you uestion the apparatuses hand to hand Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An Introduction profanation to reclaim them for yourself change them find new ones understand their influence etcAlso cool is that the creation of apparatuses isart of being human We are aware of our environment or recisely our separationdistance from it this introduced boredom the capacity to suspend this immediate relationship with disinhibitors but also the Open our awareness of the ossibilities which we then crowd with instruments ie apparatuses because we want to further nullify our connection to animalistic nature to maximise our Open We want to enjoy being I would say from this there is no way to exist without apparatuses or iron cages of the spirit But what if we don t embrace conscious awareness Devoid ourselves of governance Is this lack of freedom better than a life of iron cages Read this on a lazy afternoon which The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability 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 niceiece that One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries 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 aassage 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 oet in the messianic community No surprise that it ends with Walter Benjamin Recommended for Agamben lovers especially the last essay This book is so short and its essays such sketches that its rice tag is its most shocking attribute The three essays range from very good to alright but none is articularly original The title essay is a hyper compression of the author s own The Kingdom and the Glory and will almost certainly be the most satisfying both theoretically and rogrammatically for better and worse thing GA ever ens lots of cookies here for his anarcho and Tiunist audiences It is for this reason also the most adaptable to the zine form where *At A Price Of A Dollar To *a rice of a dollar to it is much at home than in this obje. 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 hilosophy 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. .

Che cos'è un dispositivo?