The Figure of this World: Agamben and the Question of Political Ontology

2014.09.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mathew Abbot, The Figure of this World: Agamben and the Question of Political Ontology, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 220pp.,
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2014.09.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mathew Abbot, The Figure of this World: Agamben and the Question of Political Ontology, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 220pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780748684090. Reviewed by Jessica Whyte, University of Western Sydney "What if we have been reading Agamben wrong?" This is the intriguing question posed by Mathew Abbott's new book. Indeed, while the reception of Agamben's work in the English-speaking world was bound up with the events that seemed to confirm its central theses -- the war on terror and the suspensions of basic rights it entailed, the opening of internment camps for unauthorized immigrants, etc. -- the descriptive value of his thought was double-edged. While it led to enormous interest in his work across a range of disciplines, it tended also to obscure the underlying philosophical claims about the nature of Western politics and metaphysics that provided the horizon of intelligibility for his. . .

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