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Published: 28 February 2014

232 Pages

ISBN: 9780748684090

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The Figure of This World

Agamben and the Question of Political Ontology

First Edition

Mathew Abbott

Published by Edinburgh University Press


  • A fundamental re-reading of Agamben that defends and develops his philosophy as post-Heideggerian political ontology
  • Radically reinterprets Agamben's political philosophy, including his concepts of 'bare life' and 'the exception'
  • Places Agamben's work in its philosophical context, positioning it in relation to Benjamin, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Levinas, Nancy, and Wittgenstein
  • Critiques the category of representation to show the decisive importance of poetry and poetic experience for thinking through political community and to shed light on a number of problems in contemporary political theory

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