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Sacrament of Language An Archaeology of the Oath

ISBN-10: 0804768986
ISBN-13: 9780804768986
Edition: 2011
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Description: This book is a continuation of Giorgio Agamben's investigation of political theory, which began with the highly influential volumeHomo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Having already traced the roots of the idea of sovereignty, sacredness, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 12/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

This book is a continuation of Giorgio Agamben's investigation of political theory, which began with the highly influential volumeHomo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Having already traced the roots of the idea of sovereignty, sacredness, and economy, he now turns to a perhaps unlikely topic: the concept of the oath. Following the Italian scholar Paolo Prodi, Agamben sees the oath as foundational for Western politics and undertakes an exploration of the roots of the phenomenon of the oath in human experience. He rejects the common idea that the oath finds its origin in religion, arguing instead that the oath points toward a particular response to the experience of language, a response that gave birth to both religion and law as we now know them. This book is important not only for readers of Agamben or of continental philosophy more broadly, but for anyone interested in questions relating to the relationships among religion, law, and language.

Giorgio Agamben is the author of more than fifteen books on topics ranging from aesthetics to poetics, ontology to political philosophy. He is best known for his�Homo Sacer�series.�He recently retired from the�Universit� Iuav di Venezia.

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