Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio by Jessica Whyte

By Jessica Whyte

Offers a extraordinary new interpreting of Agamben’s political inspiration and its implications for political motion within the present.

Challenging the everyday account of Agamben as a pessimistic philosopher, Catastrophe and Redemption proposes a interpreting of his political concept within which the redemptive component to his paintings isn't really a curious apart yet as a substitute is key to his undertaking. Jessica Whyte considers his severe account of latest politics—his argument that Western politics has been “biopolitics” for the reason that its inception, his critique of human rights, his argument that the kingdom of exception is now the norm, and the paradigmatic importance he attributes to the focus camp—and exhibits that it truly is in the middle of those catastrophes of the current that Agamben sees the potential for a sort of profane redemption. Whyte outlines the significance of potentiality in his try and formulate a brand new politics, examines his relation to Jewish and Christian strands of messianism, and interrogates the hot different types of praxis that he situates inside of modern commodity tradition, taking Agamben’s notion as a decision for the construction of latest political forms.

“One of the book’s strengths is to bare the basic bond among sovereign strength and political, social, and cultural identities … [a] interesting book.” — Comparative and Continental Philosophy

“…Catastrophe and Redemption deals a very good serious evaluation of Agamben’s work.” — Contemporary Political Theory

“…successfully break[s] throughout the crust of an interpretative computing device round Agamben that has grown lethargic via repetition … Whyte’s interpreting of Agamben is nuanced, and her consciousness to the dynamics of capitalism and the heritage of political fight supply a massive corrective to a few of his philosophical traits, with no jettisoning insights.” — Law and Critique

“…Whyte identifies key questions for you to have to be requested so one can remodel this global. Such questions relate to demanding inequality, hard capitalism’s colonialism of the long run, and growing new types of cohesion. to deal with those concerns, Whyte attracts us to her end that it isn't sufficient to accede to teleological formations of capitalism. We needs to start to increase how you can contest it. This narrow quantity should be noticeable as this kind of name to arms.” — Symposium

Jessica Whyte is Lecturer in Cultural and Social research on the collage of Western Sydney, Australia. She is the coeditor (with Alex Murray) of The Agamben Dictionary.

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We therefore concluded by addressing an argument of Kim’s to the effect that higher-order properties could not be causally relevant, as they could not have distinctive causal powers. Kim’s conclusion, it was argued, derived from an equivocal premiss. Disambiguating that premiss destroyed the pessimistic conclusion that such properties are ‘largely useless for the purpose of causal/explanatory theories’ (Kim 1999: 33). There can be higher-order properties with distinctive causal powers, and so non-reductive monism lives on.

But we claim that the argument is not sound. In this final section we want to show that there is a sense in which it is true that downward causation is incoherent. But the route to that conclusion is significantly different from Kim’s, and leads to different consequences. In particular, it rescues the possibility of the causal relevance of (some) higher-order properties, mental ones included. The argument, as presented, shuttles between talking of the downward causal power of properties and that of their instances.

Additional argument is required in order to be entitled to conclude, from a claim about the identity of the causal power of the instance of co-instanced properties, that the two properties thus co-instanced have the same causal power. So, in our example, M 1i = P1i , it is clear that as instances they have the same causal power. But this does not by itself license the inference to the conclusion that M 1 and P1 have the same causal power, since this has to do with instances of M 1 and P1 in addition to M 1i and P1i .

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