State of Exception

In this highly topical book, Agamben ultimately arrives at original ideas about the future of democracy and casts a new light on the hidden relationship that ties law to violence.

State of Exception

Two months after the attacks of 9/11, the Bush administration, in the midst of what it perceived to be a state of emergency, authorized the indefinite detention of noncitizens suspected of terrorist activities and their subsequent trials by a military commission. Here, distinguished Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben uses such circumstances to argue that this unusual extension of power, or "state of exception," has historically been an underexamined and powerful strategy that has the potential to transform democracies into totalitarian states. The sequel to Agamben's Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, State of Exception is the first book to theorize the state of exception in historical and philosophical context. In Agamben's view, the majority of legal scholars and policymakers in Europe as well as the United States have wrongly rejected the necessity of such a theory, claiming instead that the state of exception is a pragmatic question. Agamben argues here that the state of exception, which was meant to be a provisional measure, became in the course of the twentieth century a normal paradigm of government. Writing nothing less than the history of the state of exception in its various national contexts throughout Western Europe and the United States, Agamben uses the work of Carl Schmitt as a foil for his reflections as well as that of Derrida, Benjamin, and Arendt. In this highly topical book, Agamben ultimately arrives at original ideas about the future of democracy and casts a new light on the hidden relationship that ties law to violence.

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State of Exception
Language: en
Pages: 104
Authors: Giorgio Agamben
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-07-18 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Two months after the attacks of 9/11, the Bush administration, in the midst of what it perceived to be a state of emergency, authorized the indefinite detention of noncitizens suspected of terrorist activities and their subsequent trials by a military commission. Here, distinguished Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben uses such circumstances
State of Exception
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Elena Bellina, Paola Bonifazio
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-03-26 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

In a globalized world exposed to ever more dramatic dangers, the established legal order enters into crisis and the rhetoric of fear is deployed in order to legitimate states of exception. Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has widely elaborated on the historical effects of the juridical concept of the state of
Hungary in State of Exception
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Attila Antal
Categories: Exceptionalism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Neoliberalism as an economic and political ideology defined the history of Hungary, not just in the 21st century, but in the troubled 20th century. Contemporary authoritarian populist tendencies in Hungary and other Central and Eastern European nations rely on this historical embedded neoliberalism.
The Exceptionalist State and the State of Exception
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: William V. Spanos
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-15 - Publisher: JHU Press

The Exceptionalist State and the State of Exception illustrates that Melville, in his own time, was aware of the negative consequences of the deeply inscribed exceptionalist American identity and recognized the essential domestic and foreign policy issues that inform the country’s national security program today.
State of Exception in the Mediterranean
Language: en
Pages: 276
Authors: Nikos Moudouros
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09-22 - Publisher: Springer Nature

This book examines the evolution of the state of exception in which the Turkish Cypriot community has developed and how its relationship with Turkey has been transformed. It aims at a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances which led to the emergence of a Turkish Cypriot state of exception, as well