Giorgio Agamben on Politics - Dictionary of Arguments
Brocker I 826
Politics/The Political/Agamben: it is impossible to determine the sphere of the political by binding a positive norm or a social pact. The treaty, which marks the transition from nature to law, is replaced by the ban as an original politico-juridic relationship, which makes any transition from nature to culture impossible and contradicts the clear separation of natural and political life: "The ban is in the strict sense the simultaneously attracting and repulsive force that connects the two poles of the sovereign exception: naked life and power, the homo sacer and the sovereign". (1) (See Sovereignty/Agamben, on the concept of exception: Terminology/Agamben).
Brocker I 827
The exceptional conditions infect politics as a whole and this mutates into an administration of states of emergency; this is Agamben's central insight.
As examples of "camps" Agamben cites reception camps for refugees or, for example, Guantanamo in Cuba: ultimately rooms without law.
VsAgamben: In this context Agamben was accused of historical inadequacy: his thesis establishes a comparability between events that are not historically and ethically comparable.
AgambenVsVs/Muhle: his thesis must be taken seriously as a structural thesis insofar as it refers to the fact that states of emergency and thus lawless spaces can also be produced within the borders of Western democracies that are consolidated under the rule of law, and thus here too naked life emerges as the original political subject.
1.Giorgio Agamben, Homo sacer. Il potere sovrano e la nuda vita, Torino 1995. Dt.: Giorgio Agamben, Homo sacer – Die souveräne Macht und das nackte Leben, Frankfurt/M. 2002.
Maria Muhle, „Giorgio Agamben, Homo sacer – Die souveräne Macht und das nackte Leben“, in: Manfred Brocker (Ed.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Homo sacer – Die souveräne Macht und das nackte Leben Frankfurt 2002
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018