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Thinking relationality in Agamben and Levinas

Frost, Tom (2014) Thinking relationality in Agamben and Levinas. Griffith Law Review, 23 (2). pp. 210-231. ISSN 1038-3441. (doi:10.1080/10383441.2014.962682) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:102813)

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Giorgio Agamben's development of a messianic politics-to-come seeks to counter the law which is in force without significance, a law which creates bare life. Embodying this messianic politics, and a call for the law's fulfilment, is the figure of whatever-being, a form-of-life. This article contends that there is an important conceptual problem in respect of Agamben's construction of such a form-of-life, namely the issue of relationality. The problem of relationality in Agamben is explored here through the comparative lens of relationality in Levinas's thought. It is contended that Agamben's messianic subject, his form-of-life, has a negative relation to its other, in contrast to Levinas's more positive, subject forming view of relationality.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10383441.2014.962682
Uncontrolled keywords: Agamben; Levinas; Philosophy; Ethics; Immanence; Transcendence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Funders: University of Sussex (
Depositing User: Tom Frost
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2023 12:54 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2023 10:29 UTC
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