The Mask and Agamben: The Transitional Juridical Technics of Legal Relation

Parsley, Connal (2010) The Mask and Agamben: The Transitional Juridical Technics of Legal Relation. Law, Text and Culture, 14 (1). pp. 12-39. ISSN 1322-9060. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Italian theorist Giorgio Agamben is well known for his complex critique of the institution and praxis of thought in the west, and in particular for taking aim at a constellation of ontologico-political structures denoted by the term ‘juridical’. Within this endeavour, Agamben provides a critique of the metaphysical subject and of the related notion of the person. Specifically, for Agamben the figure of the human is structured and produced by the dignitas: the image or mask which bridges the juridical, moral or ‘natural’ person, and the condition of their appearance within law and political life. As he wrote in a recent collection of essays: ‘Persona originally means “mask” and it is through the mask that the individual acquires a role and a social identity’ (2009c: 71).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Jenny Harmer
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 08:57
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2014 08:48
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30132 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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