Frases de Giorgio Agamben
Fecha de nacimiento: 22. Abril 1942
Giorgio Agamben es un filósofo italiano de renombre internacional.
En su obra, como en la de otros autores , confluyen estudios literarios, lingüísticos, estéticos y políticos, bajo la determinación filosófica de investigar la presente situación metafísica en occidente y su posible salida, en las circunstancias actuales de la historia y la cultura mundial.
Sus trabajos tiene mucho de reapertura de caminos olvidados en el transcurso de la historia cultural de Occidente. Como sucede siempre en la Historia de la Filosofía, una interpretación abre un itinerario pero cierra otros. La tradición europea se encuentra, de esta manera, sembrada de oportunidades perdidas. ¿Oportunidades de qué? De alcanzar la Utopía.
Frases Giorgio Agamben
„Remembrance restores possibility to the past, making what happened incomplete and completing what never was. Remembrance is neither what happened nor what did not happen but, rather, their potentialization, their becoming possible once again.“
— Giorgio Agamben, Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy
Fuente: Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy
„Today, in the era of the complete triumph of the spectacle, what can be reaped from the heritage of Debord? It is clear that the spectacle is language, the very communicativity or linguistic being of humans. This means that a fuller Marxian analysis should deal with the fact that capitalism (or any other name one wants to give the process that today dominated world history) was directed not only toward the expropriation of productive activity, but also and principally toward the alienation of language itself, of the very linguistic and communicative nature of humans, of that logos which one of Heraclitus' fragments identified as the Common. The extreme form of this expropriation of the Common is the spectacle, that is, the politics we live in. But this also means that in the spectacle of our own linguistic nature comes back to us inverted. This is why (precisely because what is being expropriated is the very possibility of common good) the violence of the spectacle is so destructive; but for the same reason the spectacle remains something like a positive possibility that can be used against it.“
Fuente: The Coming Community (1993), Ch. 18 : Shekinah
„Antoine Meillet also noted that imperatives in European languages are typically the morphological root of the verb, and hypothesised that the imperative was the primitive form of a verb: “walk!” precedes “to walk” or “he walks”. This opens up the possibility of an alternative ontology, or pre-ontology, based on commandment rather than assertion, on “be!” rather than “is”. While philosophical or scientific statements would fall under the ordinary “is”-based ontology, fields like law, religion or magic would operate in the imperative mode: “let there be…”“
Giorgio Agamben, "What is a commandment?" http://bat020.com/2011/03/30/giorgio-agamben-what-is-a-commandment/ March 28, 2011
„If human beings were or had to be this or that substance, this or that destiny, no ethical experience would be possible… This does not mean, however, that humans are not, and do not have to be, something, that they are simply consigned to nothingness and therefore can freely decide whether to be or not to be, to adopt or not to adopt this or that destiny (nihilism and decisionism coincide at this point). There is in effect something that humans are and have to be, but this is not an essence nor properly a thing: It is the simple fact of one's own existence as possibility or potentiality.“
Fuente: The Coming Community (1993), Ch. 11 : Ethics