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Es of a rational and concrete intervention in the relations of forces either so as to develop them in a particular direction or To Block Them T0 Stabilize block them t0 stabilize and to utilize them The apparatus is thus always inscribed into a play of power but it is also always linked to certain limits of knowledge that arise from it and to an eual degree condition it The apparatus is precisely this a set of strategies of the relations offorces supporting and supported by certain types of knowledgeAgamben submits his interpretation of Foucault s idea and provides some elaboration by utilizing some of his own contributions to political thought 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 and proliferation 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 politics as an apparatus no longer considers individual movements workers movement bourgeoisie etc but is only concerned with the perpetuation of itself a machine with left and right poles To escape this apparatus Agamben suggests we cannot simply seek to destroy machine with left and right poles To escape this apparatus Agamben suggests we cannot simply seek to or to use it for ourselves as we might see in accelerationism or Negrism but instead posits the possibility of Profanation the sacred object becoming profane 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 uickly 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 reading of a passage 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 poet in the messianic community No surprise that it ends with Walter Benjamin Recommended for Agamben lovers especially the last essa. 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 philosophy but also at the core of 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's philosophy and Mandelstam's poetry proceeding from these to an exploration of such diverse fields as fashion neurophysiology messianism and astrophysics. Ee 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 ou spend acuiring it 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 concept of apparatus to explain and produce the administration OF GOD S WILL THROUGH THE DIVINE ECONOMY AGAMBEN God s will through the divine economy Agamben uses the concept of the apparatus for describing the process of shaping and arranging of human subjects and offers profanation 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 profanation Crime An illuminating description of and elaboration on Foucault we do though by profanation Crime An illuminating description of and elaboration on Foucault 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 political thought that I hope stands immortal in the history of thought far in the future like Aristotle s polis Hobbes Leviathan Marx s ideology Gramsci s cultural hegemony Michels iron law of oligarchy and countless What is an apparatus and why is it so enlightening This is not something I really care to go into detail about here as this would take a great amount of time and Agamben has done a better job than I ever could but in the words of FoucaultWhat I m trying to single out with this term is first and foremost a thoroughly heterogeneous set consisting of discourses institutions architectural forms regulatory decisions laws administrative measures scientific statements philosophical moral and philanthropic propositions in short the said as much as the unsaid Such are the elements of the apparatus The apparatus it self is the network that can be established between these elements by the term apparatus I mean a kind of a formation so to speak that at a given historical moment has as its major function the response to an urgencyThe apparatus therefore has a dominant strategic function I said that the nature of an apparatus is essentially strategic which means that we are speaking about a certain manipulation of relations of forc. 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 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 .


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 Tiunist audiences It is for this reason
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the most to the zine form where at a price of a dollar to free it is much at home than in this object 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 particularly 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 This is a 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 Chapter 1 What is an Apparatus Separating divine being and governance Leaves us with the governance Governance needs a subject though obj ok boomer 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 d 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 projects I am thinking primarily of his work in Homo SacerI 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 elaborate on my own thoughts necessarilythe second essay on friendship was interesting especially the closing section on Aristotle and the primacy of friendship as con sentuality an existential being with or a between of selves that is primordial and in a sense nonconceptualizable A sans fundamental 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 a poem theological conceptions of the kairos some astronomical metaphorsfiguative concepts and some talk about fashion Thrown In As Well in as well overall it was the least interesting of the thr. 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 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. .

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