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5.0 out of 5 stars An exploration of the nature of political authority, 15 May 2008
This review is from: State of Exception (Paperback)
On one level Giorgio Agamben's short book is a commentary on the theory of Roman law, yet its significance is far greater. While the reviews on the dust jacket point to its relevance to critical consideration of the war on terror, they have missed the way in which it provides the keys to an analysis of twentieth century European dictatorships of both right and left. Most disturbingly it questions fundamental notions of a basic distinction between dictatorship and democracy, seeing the difference as being manifested in a kind of "tipping" point, where a political system generalizes the "state of exception" and therefore its legitimacy becomes dependent on authority - a form of charismatic power able to give legitimacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living inside or outside the law, 9 Mar 2013
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This amazing work reviews the historical development of the state of exception. The question is, if we can place this state of exception inside the sphere of the law and in what range it is applicable. The conclusion could be that all democracies in our time live partly in the state of exception by a predominantly system of safety and security in which rules and mechanisms become the status of lawful actions. This should provoke a very critical perspective on the state of our 'western' democracies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars disturbingly topical..., 25 July 2014
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wonderful, erudite and philosophically informed introduction to what Agamben calls the "state/s of exception"...
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State of Exception by Giorgio Agamben (Paperback - 14 Jan 2005)
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