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The Hyper-Hermeneutic Gesture of a Subtle Revolution

Frost, Tom (2015) The Hyper-Hermeneutic Gesture of a Subtle Revolution. In: Zartaloudis, Thanos, ed. Agamben and Law. Philosophers and Law . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 261-284. ISBN 978-1-4724-2884-4. E-ISBN 978-1-315-09749-7. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:102864)

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Drawing upon the thought of Giorgio Agamben, this essay focuses upon the potential of a single act to change a political order. Agamben’s writings retain the possibility for a paradigmatic gesture that opens a space for a politics not founded on a form of belonging grounded in a particular property, such as national identity. To illustrate this event this essay turns to Agamben’s construction of whatever-being, which is constructed hyper-hermeneutically. This term is chosen deliberately. Whatever-being retains a hermeneutic structure, but is constructed through singular paradigmatic examples. These examples are evidence for whatever-being’s existence as a pure singularity, unable to be reduced to a particular quality. Such examples are gestures that allow future modes of belonging to separate themselves from oppressive foundations and dominating constructions of political existence, through revealing the possibility of a new way of being that does not require a revolutionary “zero hour” to be brought about.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
J Political Science > JC Political theory
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 16:38 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2023 15:36 UTC
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