Agamben and the Signature of Astrology

Agamben and the Signature of Astrology
  • Author : Paul Colilli
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 236
  • Relase : 2015-10-20
  • ISBN : 1498505953

Agamben and the Signature of Astrology Book Review:

This book opens a new chapter in Agamben studies by providing a critical account of how the ancient science of astrology emerges in contemporary thought through the work of Giorgio Agamben. Astrology becomes a means to visualize the significance of the central elements in Agamben s thinking on issues such as potentiality, biopolitics, bare life and the signature. In the end, the astrological signature becomes an alternative mode to theology, politics and philosophy as a way of understanding history."

Agamben and the Signature of Astrology

Agamben and the Signature of Astrology
  • Author : Paul Colilli
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Pages : 237
  • Relase : 2015-10-16
  • ISBN : 9781498505963

Agamben and the Signature of Astrology Book Review:

The work of Giorgio Agamben, one of the world’s most important living philosophers, has been the object of much scrutiny. Yet, there is one dimension of his thought that remains unexamined by scholars: the presence of the ancient science of astrology in his writings. This book, the first of its kind, identifies the astrological elements and explains the implications of their usage by Agamben. In so doing, this study challenges us to imagine Agamben’s thought in a radically new light. A critical account of the presence of astrology and related themes in Agamben’s writings, ranging from the earlier works to the more recent publications, illustrates that the astrological signature constitutes a mode of philosophical archaeology that allows for an enhanced understanding of concepts that are central to his works, such as potentiality, the signature, bare life and biopolitics.

On Study: Giorgio Agamben and educational potentiality

On Study: Giorgio Agamben and educational potentiality
  • Author : Tyson E. Lewis
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 174
  • Relase : 2013-06-26
  • ISBN : 9781135087661

On Study: Giorgio Agamben and educational potentiality Book Review:

In an educational landscape dominated by discourses and practices of learning, standardized testing, and the pressure to succeed, what space and time remain for studying? In this book, Tyson E. Lewis argues that studying is a distinctive educational experience with its own temporal, spatial, methodological, aesthetic, and phenomenological dimensions. Unlike learning, which presents the actualization of a student’s "potential" in recognizable and measurable forms, study emphasizes the experience of potentiality, freed from predetermined outcomes. Studying suspends and interrupts the conventional logic of learning, opening up a new space and time for educational freedom to emerge. Drawing upon the work of Italian philosopher and critical theorist Giorgio Agamben, Lewis provides a conceptually and poetically rich account of the interconnections between potentiality, freedom, and study. Through a mixture of educational critique, phenomenological description, and ontological analysis, Lewis redeems study as an invaluable and urgent educational experience that provides alternatives to the economization of education and the cooptation of potentiality in the name of efficiency. The resulting discussion uncovers multiple forms of study in a variety of unexpected places: from the political poetry of Adrienne Rich, to tinkering classrooms, to abandoned manifestos, and, finally, to Occupy Wall Street. By reconnecting education with potentiality this book provides an educational philosophy that undermines the logic of learning and assessment, and turns our attention to the interminable paradoxes of studying. The book will be key reading for scholars in the fields of educational philosophy, critical pedagogy, foundations of education, composition and rhetoric, and critical thinking and literacy studies.

Philosophical Archaeology

Philosophical Archaeology
  • Author : Ido Govrin
  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Pages : 257
  • Relase : 2023-01-01
  • ISBN : 9781438491592

Philosophical Archaeology Book Review:

Offering, for the first time, a full historicized accounting of philosophical archaeology, Ido Govrin delineates how this overarching method of historical inquiry has today become associated, to a large extent, with the work of Giorgio Agamben—and how it constitutes Agamben’s philosophy of history in particular. As befits a book situated at an intellectual crossroads that brings together a range of discourses—philosophy, history, aesthetics, theology, and philology—Govrin conceives of philosophical archaeology as a multifaceted concept, on a broad scale. The discussion slides along the length of the multilateral fault line and into the related fields of contemporary art and art history/theory. In doing so, it illuminates the potential for philosophical archaeology, as an artistic modus operandi in the broader context of contemporary art, to expand our conception of history and historiographic research, and for this sense of history to expand our conception of art, in turn. At stake in this consideration is the possibility of a new, materially based philosophy of history.

Tommy, Trauma, and Postwar Youth Culture

Tommy, Trauma, and Postwar Youth Culture
  • Author : Dewar MacLeod
  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Pages : 257
  • Relase : 2023-01-01
  • ISBN : 9781438491752

Tommy, Trauma, and Postwar Youth Culture Book Review:

Tommy, Trauma, and Postwar Youth Culture traces the development of one of rock music's central masterpieces and its relation to the social-cultural history of the era. Composer and guitarist Pete Townshend was the creative force behind the Who, one of Britain's greatest rock bands. Townshend grew up in an England decimated by the loss of life and hope that was the initial legacy of World War II. The product of a troubled childhood, Townshend faced ongoing struggles with sexual and personal trauma that colored his later work as a performer. An ambitious composer who wanted to create both pop hits and lasting personal works, Townshend achieved his greatest success with the Who through their 1969 rock opera, Tommy. Townshend gave many accounts of the work's evolution and its significance to him and he participated in and encouraged its continued legacy. Dewar MacLeod recounts his own interactions with Townshend and Tommy to draw out the work's impact, its critical reception, its place both in postwar history and the rock era, and its continuing relevance. This book will appeal to all interested in the history of rock, the creative process, and the long shadow of the 1960s.

Pontano’s Virtues

Pontano’s Virtues
  • Author : Matthias Roick
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 336
  • Relase : 2017-02-23
  • ISBN : 9781474281867

Pontano’s Virtues Book Review:

First secretary to the Aragonese kings of Naples, Giovanni Pontano (1429-1503) was a key figure of the Italian Renaissance. A poet and a philosopher of high repute, Pontano's works offer a reflection on the achievements of fifteenth-century humanism and address major themes of early modern moral and political thought. Taking his defining inspiration from Aristotle, Pontano wrote on topics such as prudence, fortune, magnificence, and the art of pleasant conversation, rewriting Aristotle's Ethics in the guise of a new Latin philosophy, inscribed with the patterns of Renaissance culture. This book shows how Pontano's rewriting of Aristotelian ethics affected not only his philosophical views, but also his political life and his place in the humanist movement. Drawing on Pontano's treatises, dialogues, letters, poems and political writings, Matthias Roick presents us with the first comprehensive study of Pontano's moral and political thought, offering novel insights into the workings of Aristotelian virtue ethics in the early modern period.

Russian Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century

Russian Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century
  • Author : Mikhail Sergeev,Alexander N. Chumakov,Mary Theis
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Pages : 444
  • Relase : 2020-11-23
  • ISBN : 9789004432543

Russian Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century Book Review:

Russian Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century: An Anthology presents a variety of contemporary philosophic problems found in the works of prominent Russian thinkers, ranging from social and political matters and pressing cultural issues to insights into modern science and mounting global challenges.

The Political Ontology of Giorgio Agamben

The Political Ontology of Giorgio Agamben
  • Author : German Eduardo Primera
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2019-04-18
  • ISBN : 9781350081352

The Political Ontology of Giorgio Agamben Book Review:

With the publication of The Use of Bodies (2016), Agamben's multi-volume Homo Sacer project has come to an end, or to paraphrase Agamben, has been abandoned. We now have a new vantage point from which to reread Agamben's corpus; not only his method but his political and philosophical thought can been seen in a clearer light. This timely book both assesses and contributes to the debates on the Homo Sacer project in its entirety. Rethinking the notions of life and power – two of the central themes in Agamben's work – through a reconstruction of his philosophical method and an examination of his critique of Western metaphysics, this book argues that Agamben's thought cannot be fully grasped if we do not account for the intertwining of politics and ontology. This book argues that it is only by revisiting Agamben's critique of signification and metaphysics and examining his reconstruction of the archaeological method that we can understand his notions of life and power. By bringing together the two parts of the Homo Sacer project – the archaeology of the signature of Sovereignty and the archaeology of governmentality – this book provides an analysis of the production of Agambenian 'bare life'. In this sense this project re-articulates Agamben's works on signification, language and ontology with his archaeology of power. Offering an original examination of Agamben's notion of resistance, this is essential reading for any thoughtful consideration of his philosophical legacy.

Sounds from Within: Phenomenology and Practice

Sounds from Within: Phenomenology and Practice
  • Author : Paulo C. Chagas,Jiayue Cecilia Wu
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Pages : 257
  • Relase : 2021
  • ISBN : 9783030725075

Sounds from Within: Phenomenology and Practice Book Review:

This book transforms phenomenology, music, technology, and the cultural arts from within. Gathering contributions by performing artists, media technology designers, nomadic composers, and distinguished musicological scholars, it explores a rich array of concepts such as embodiment, art and technology, mindfulness meditation, time and space in music, self and emptiness, as well as cultural heritage preservation. It does so via close studies on music phenomenology theory, works involving experimental music and technology, and related cultural and historical issues. This book will be of considerable interest to readers from the fields of sound studies, science and technology studies, phenomenology, cultural studies, media studies, and sound art theory. This book is equally relevant and insightful for musicians, composers, media artists, sound artists, technology designers, and curators and arts administrators from the performing and visual arts.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics

The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics
  • Author : Nevzat Soguk,Scott G Nelson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 478
  • Relase : 2016-04-28
  • ISBN : 9781317195856

The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics Book Review:

Deliberately eschewing disciplinary and temporal boundaries, this volume makes a major contribution to the de-traditionalization of political thinking within the discourses of international relations. Collecting the works of twenty-five theorists, this Ashgate Research Companion engages some of the most pressing aspects of political thinking in world politics today. The authors explore theoretical constitutions, critiques, and affirmations of uniquely modern forms of power, past and present. Among the themes and dynamics examined are textual appropriation and representation, materiality and capital formation, geopolitical dimensions of ecological crises, connections between representations of violence and securitization, subjectivity and genderization, counter-globalization politics, constructivism, biopolitics, post-colonial politics and theory, as well as the political prospects of emerging civic and cosmopolitan orders in a time of national, religious, and secular polarization. Radically different in their approaches, the authors critically assess the discourses of IR as interpretive frames that are indebted to the historical formation of concepts, and to particular negotiations of power that inform the main methodological practices usually granted primacy in the field. Students as well as seasoned scholars seeking to challenge accepted theoretical frameworks will find in these chapters fresh insights into contemporary world-political problems and new resources for their critical interrogation.

Sacred and Secular Agency in Early Modern France

Sacred and Secular Agency in Early Modern France
  • Author : Sanja Perovic
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Pages : 226
  • Relase : 2012-02-16
  • ISBN : 9781441185297

Sacred and Secular Agency in Early Modern France Book Review:

Challenging the master narrative of secularization, an exploration of the persistent influence of religious categories in the cultural landscape of Europe's first secular state.

Limits of the Secular

Limits of the Secular
  • Author : Kaustuv Roy
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 223
  • Relase : 2016-12-09
  • ISBN : 9783319486987

Limits of the Secular Book Review:

This book facilitates a missing dialogue between the secular and the transsecular dimensions of human existence. It explores two kinds of limits of the secular: the inadequacies of its assumptions with respect to the total being of the human, and how it curbs the ontological sensibilities of the human. Kaustuv Roy argues that since secular reason of modernity can only represent the empirical dimension of existence, humans are forced to privatize the non-empirical dimension of being. It is therefore absent from the social, imaginary, as well as public discourse. This one-sidedness is the root cause of many of the ills facing modernity. Roy contends that a bridge-consciousness that praxeologically relates the secular and the non-secular domains of experience is the need of the hour.

De/Constituting Wholes

De/Constituting Wholes
  • Author : Manuele Gragnolati,Christoph F. E. Holzhey
  • Publisher : Series Cultural Inquiry
  • Pages : 269
  • Relase : 2017-01-01
  • ISBN : 9783851328547

De/Constituting Wholes Book Review:

How can the power of wholes be resisted without essentializing their parts? Drawing on different archives and methodologies, including aesthetics, history, biology, affect, race, and queer, the interventions in this volume explore different ways of troubling the consistency and stability of wholes, breaking up their closure and making them more dynamic. Doing so without necessarily presupposing or producing parts, an outside, or a teleological development, they indicate the critical potential of partiality without parts.

The Virtue of Sympathy

The Virtue of Sympathy
  • Author : Seth Lobis
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 429
  • Relase : 2015-01-06
  • ISBN : 9780300210415

The Virtue of Sympathy Book Review:

Beginning with an analysis of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and building to a new reading of Milton’s Paradise Lost, author Seth Lobis charts a profound change in the cultural meaning of sympathy during the seventeenth century. Having long referred to magical affinities in the universe, sympathy was increasingly understood to be a force of connection between people. By examining sympathy in literary and philosophical writing of the period, Lobis illuminates an extraordinary shift in human understanding.

The Pursuit of Myth in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes

The Pursuit of Myth in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes
  • Author : Duncan Hose
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Pages : 311
  • Relase : 2022
  • ISBN : 9783030948412

The Pursuit of Myth in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes Book Review:

The Pursuit of Myth in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes traces a tradition of revolutionary self-mythologising in the lives and works of Frank OHara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes, as a significant trefoil in twentieth-century English language poetry. All three had untimely deaths, excited a collective homage, and developed cult followings that reverberate today. This book tracks the transmission of the poem as charm, the poet as charmer, and the reinstitution of troubadour erotics as a kind of social poetics. Starting with Orpheus, the book refreshes the myth of the poet as mythmaker, examining how myths of "self" and "nation" are regenerated for the twenty-first century and how persons-as-myths are made in community through coteries of artists and beyond. Duncan Bruce Hoses critical vocabulary, with its nucleus of mythos, searches the edges of phenomenal enquiry, closing in on the work of "glamour", "aura", "charm", "possession", "phantasm", the "daemonic" and the logic of haunting in the continuing being of these three poets as "charismatic animals."

Rethinking the Enlightenment

Rethinking the Enlightenment
  • Author : Geoff Boucher,Henry Martyn Lloyd
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Pages : 281
  • Relase : 2017-12-29
  • ISBN : 9781498558136

Rethinking the Enlightenment Book Review:

One of the most persistent, troubling, and divisive of the ideological divisions within modernity is the struggle over the Enlightenment and its legacy. Much of the difficulty is owed to a general failure among scholars to consider how history, philosophy, and politics work together. Rethinking the Enlightenment bridges these disciplinary divides. Recent work by historians has now called into question many of the clichés that still dominate scholarly understandings of the Enlightenment’s literary, philosophical, and political culture. Yet this work has so far had little impact on the reception of the Enlightenment, its key players, debates, and ideas in the disciplines that most rely on its legacy, namely, philosophy and political science. Edited by Geoff Boucher and Henry Martyn Lloyd, Rethinking the Enlightenment makes the case for connecting new work in intellectual history with fresh understandings of ‘Continental’ philosophy and political theory. In doing so, in this collection moves towards a critical self-understanding of the present.

On Study

On Study
  • Author : Tyson E. Lewis
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 184
  • Relase : 2016-01
  • ISBN : 1138649910

On Study Book Review:

In an educational landscape dominated by discourses and practices of learning, standardized testing, and the pressure to succeed, what space and time remain for studying? In this book, Tyson E. Lewis argues that studying is a distinctive educational experience with its own temporal, spatial, methodological, aesthetic, and phenomenological dimensions. Unlike learning, which presents the actualization of a student's "potential" in recognizable and measurable forms, study emphasizes the experience of potentiality, freed from predetermined outcomes. Studying suspends and interrupts the conventional logic of learning, opening up a new space and time for educational freedom to emerge. Drawing upon the work of Italian philosopher and critical theorist Giorgio Agamben, Lewis provides a conceptually and poetically rich account of the interconnections between potentiality, freedom, and study. Through a mixture of educational critique, phenomenological description, and ontological analysis, Lewis redeems study as an invaluable and urgent educational experience that provides alternatives to the economization of education and the cooptation of potentiality in the name of efficiency. The resulting discussion uncovers multiple forms of study in a variety of unexpected places: from the political poetry of Adrienne Rich, to tinkering classrooms, to abandoned manifestos, and, finally, to Occupy Wall Street. By reconnecting education with potentiality this book provides an educational philosophy that undermines the logic of learning and assessment, and turns our attention to the interminable paradoxes of studying. The book will be key reading for scholars in the fields of educational philosophy, critical pedagogy, foundations of education, composition and rhetoric, and critical thinking and literacy studies.

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things
  • Author : Giorgio Agamben
  • Publisher : Zone Books (NY)
  • Pages : 124
  • Relase : 2009
  • ISBN : 1890951986

The Signature of All Things Book Review:

The search to create a science of signatures that exceeds the attempts of semiology and hermeneutics to determine pure and unmarked signs.

Ibn Miskawayh, the Soul, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Ibn Miskawayh, the Soul, and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • Author : John Peter Radez
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Pages : 163
  • Relase : 2019-11-15
  • ISBN : 9781793615695

Ibn Miskawayh, the Soul, and the Pursuit of Happiness Book Review:

Ibn Miskawayh, the Soul, and the Pursuit of Happiness explores the moral philosophy and context of Ibn Miskawayh (932–1030), an advocate of the intellectually cultivated life with a strong religious bent. Though not necessarily a major innovator, he sought through his writings to provide a moral compass for turbulent times, much like thinkers such as Petrarch (1304–1374), Pico della Mirandola (1463–1494), Francois Rabelais (1494–1553), Montesquieu (1689–1755) or more recently, Mortimer Adler (1902–2001). Despite the tumultuous times in which they lived, these thinkers offered the world hope through a humanism that cultivated both civic and moral character. Whether directly expressed in his moral philosophy or illustrated in the examples of renowned or notorious historical figures, Miskawayh’s core idea is that one’s character is much easier kept than recovered. In this book, John Peter Radez shows how Miskawayh stands out not only as one of Islam’s first ethicists, but also one of its true intellectuals: thinker, historian, codifier of the science of adab, and a truly happy sage who represented the best of his generation’s intellectual and cultural elite. Miskawayh’s message of how to create lives worthy of human beings—his civic humanism—resonates today.

Historical Dictionary of Medieval Philosophy and Theology

Historical Dictionary of Medieval Philosophy and Theology
  • Author : Stephen F. Brown,Juan Carlos Flores
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Pages : 452
  • Relase : 2018-08-10
  • ISBN : 9781538114315

Historical Dictionary of Medieval Philosophy and Theology Book Review:

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Medieval Philosophy and Theology contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important persons, events, and concepts that shaped medieval philosophy and theology.