Hvad er et dispositiv? - og to andre essays

Hvad er et dispositiv og to andre essays 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 phil

  • Title: Hvad er et dispositiv? - og to andre essays
  • Author: Giorgio Agamben Lars Östman Pia Schwarz Lausten
  • ISBN: 9788791041136
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 philosophy 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 ubiquThe 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 philosophy 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 ubiquitous 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 Agamben 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 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 Though philosophy contains the notion of philos, or friend, in its very name, philosophers 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 philosophy, but also at the core of politics, lies the same experience the shared sensation of being Guided by the question, What does it mean to be contemporary Agamben begins the third essay with a reading of Nietzsche s philosophy and Mandelstam s poetry, proceeding from these to an exploration of such diverse fields as fashion, neurophysiology, messianism and astrophysics.

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    1. Agamben's etymological journey into and then subsequently rebirthed out of the Foucauldian term dispositif was insightful not only in thinking about Foucault but also on Agamben's own projects - I am thinking primarily of his work in Homo Sacer.I would, however, seek to propose an inverse relation of sacrality and profanity in the machinic-relations of apparatuses and ourselves, in the process of subjectification and desubjectification. This is pretty poorly stated, but this is not the place to [...]

    2. This book is so short, and its essays such sketches, that its price tag is its most shocking attribute. The three essays range from very good to alright, but none is particularly 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 programmatically) (for better and worse) thing GA ever pens: lots of cookies here for his anarcho- and Tiqqunist audiences. It is for this reason also t [...]

    3. One of the most fascinating things I have read in a while. It's short and reasonably accessible too. Agamben makes use of Foucault's definition of the apparatus (or dispotif, the network of institutions, technologies, knowledge systems, etc that exercise power 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 conc [...]

    4. Para Foucault, hay ciertas preposiciones que deben ser tenidas en cuenta al pensar la cuestion del poder.el poder no es algo que se posea, se adquiera, se tenga, arranque o comparta, algo que se deje escapar o se conserve. El poder se ejerce a partir de innumerables focos, y resulta del juego de relaciones móviles, no fijas, y no igualitarias. No es una esencia, sino que mueve y permuta constantementes relaciones de poder no son externas, con respecto a otro tipo de relaciones (procesos económ [...]

    5. Testo agilissimo e di facile comprensione che partendo dalle riflessioni di Foucault sul "dispositivo" approda e considerazioni originali. Per dispositivo si intende una rete di pratiche o/e oggetti. In Foucault tale termine è imparentato con quello di "positività", che legato alla sfera religiosa indica le pratiche rituali che impongono il dogma e i comportamenti giusti da seguire. Quindi il dispositivo implica una serie di pratiche che obbligano a compiere determinate azioni. Il dispositivo [...]

    6. Read this on a lazy afternoon, which probably isn't the best way to do it, but it's so short that it lends itself to be read quickly. The title essay isn't necessarily a breakthrough for Agamben, but it's a nice piece that 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 rea [...]

    7. ¿Qué clase de cambio en el funcionamiento de la ideología implica este autoborrado de la ideología? Tomemos como punto de partida el nombre foucaultiano que más o menos encaja en el AIE althusseriano, el de dispositif. Giorgio Agamben ha señalado el vínculo entre el dispositif foucaultiano y la noción de «positividad» del joven Hegel entendida como el sustancial orden social impuesto sobre el sujeto y experimentado por él como una suerte externa, más que una parte orgánica de sí mi [...]

    8. 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 developed.The second essay explores friendship via Aristotle and covers some of the same territory as Derrida. Pretty interestin [...]

    9. It's about time somebody wrote this very important little essay. No doubt by now many readers have spent years attempting to extrapolate or reconstruction some firm notion of what might be contained in the near-ubiquitous terms. And no doubt those efforts have in many instances been well rewarded, provided a variety of speculative insights and critical applications. Still, it was necessary that someone do the careful philological footwork and establish the actual genealogy of the term, tracing i [...]

    10. I've actually only read the titular essay, but it offers a clear, concise exposition of Foucault's later work on security, and Agamben's elaboration on the nature and function of apparatuses is superb. A must read for anybody with an interest in Foucault and biopolitics more generally. I'm a little bit disappointed with the lack of depth in Agamben's discussion of profanation as a tactic for unmaking apparatuses, but it's a short essay that seems like it's meant to gesture toward future studies, [...]

    11. Maybe history will wonder why anybody would choose to sit around reading Agamben on New Year's Eve. Maybe history won't be able to furnish an answer. In any case, I did sit down on New Year's Eve, and I did read Agamben, and you know what? I know what an apparatus is now. And honestly, the last essay, 'What is a Contemporary,' is worth the modest price of the whole (very short) book alone. Sheds some much-welcomed light on the messianic model put forth in 'What Time Remains' by way of Benjamin.

    12. Nifty little book contains three essays dealing with the Apparatus (from Foucault but in context of Agamben's work in 'Homo Sacer' and 'Kingdom and the Glory'; Friendship (in dialogue with Aristotle and Derrida); and Contemporariness. If found the third essay to be most intriguing, but then again I have an ongoing fascination with the question of temporality. Not a bad place to tread some ground for those new to Agamben.

    13. Contrairement à "La communauté qui vient", ce petit livre est très accessible et dresse une généalogie du dispositif qui peut servir de tremplin à des réflexions plus appliquées. La notion de subjectivation par le dispositif, entre autres, est d'ailleurs très pertinente dans le contexte des new media du 21e siècle. Must read!

    14. En fin introduktion til Agamben og hans forfatterskab. Især essayet 'Hvad er et dispositiv', samt efterskriftet.Ønsker man for alvor at forstå Agamben kræver det dog en mere indgående læsning af hans værker, eller en mere udførlig introduktion/indføring.

    15. "Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands."

    16. Bravo. I found this little book really insightful, esp. the title essay and the last one. I will definitely be reading more Agamben after this.

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