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Titolo: Sacrifice and Desubjectivation. The Revolutionary Subject in Bataille and the Very Early Agamben
Autore/i: McLoughlin, Daniel
Parole chiave: AgambenBataillerevolutionsacrificedesubjectivation
Data: 2021
Editore: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Citazione: Daniel McLoughlin, "Sacrifice and Desubjectivation. The Revolutionary Subject in Bataille and the Very Early Agamben" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2020) XXII/3", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2021, pp. 169-194
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
Desubjectivation is central to Agamben’s political thought. In the Homo Sacer project, Agamben identifies two different forms of desubjectivation: the first is the stripping of identity by the state; the second is an experience of letting go of the self which, he argues, provides resources for resisting contemporary biopolitics. In Homo Sacer, Agamben is also profoundly critical of Georges Bataille’s thought for reproducing the logic of the sovereign ban, which is the most extreme mechanism that the state uses to deprive people of their identity. In this essay, however, I argue that Agamben’s first account of the emancipatory potentials of desubjectivation, his 1970 essay On the Limits of Violence, echoes themes that are central to Bataille’s thought. Agamben argues that violence can only break with the history of domination through a non-instrumental action that involves the negation of both self and other, and he formulates this idea by drawing on the example of sacrifice, Marx and Engels’ analysis of proletarian revolution, and the existential problem of mortality and the limits of language. I show that while Agamben’s analysis of self-negating violence draws on a range of sources, including Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin, the key claims of the essay reflect the account of desubjectivation that Bataille develops through his reflections on sacrifice, subjectivity, and the social.
Tipologia: Articolo
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/31263
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/31263
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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