How to Read Agamben

Los Angeles Review of Books has published a piece of mine on How to Read Agamben, a kind of sequel to How to Read Žižek. Next, I’ll start working my way through how to read philosophers closer to the middle of the alphabet — perhaps Nancy?

8 Responses to “How to Read Agamben”

  1. stuartelden Says:

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies and commented:
    Adam Kotsko on how to read Agamben.

  2. specularimage Says:

    Reblogged this on Specular Image and commented:
    I think for a lot of people what draws them to Agamben is his historical reasearch while doing philosophy. Here is a good piece by Adam Kotsko one of his translators.

  3. Tom Says:

    Thank you for writing this Adam, and for your translation efforts.

  4. Paul Reid-Bowen Says:

    Thanks Adam, very lucid and useful.

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  6. Adam Kotsko Says:

    I really like the comment thread on this one. It consists solely of a blockquote from Blumenberg. The comment is neither on topic nor off topic, neither positive nor negative — it is an inoperative comment that messianically suspends the very regime of commenting.

  7. sixfootsubwoofer Says:

    ooh ooh! I’ll comment!

    I just last week stole a copy of Agamben’s ‘Kingdom and the Glory’ and quickly realized I was in way over my head. So thanks, Adam, I look forward to your how-to.

    You should, if you please, do Balibar next, because a recent N+1 article and Badiou’s long-time, barely concealed contempt for him makes me feel that I should hate him. I need to know if I should or not.


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