Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/31266
Title: Mind your Manners. Agamben and Phish
Authors: Prozorov, Sergei
Keywords: Giorgio Agambenpowersubjectivitystylemanners
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Sergei Prozorov, "Mind your Manners. Agamben and Phish" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2020) XXII/3", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2021, pp. 235-246
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
Abstract: 
In the final volume of his Homo Sacer series Giorgio Agamben develops the concept of destitu-ent power, a power that unworks itself in every constitution and renders itself inoperative in its every operation. This concept helps elucidate Agamben’s more enigmatic notion of form-of-life. Whereas the power of sovereign biopolitics is constitutive, i.e. constituting a determinate actual bios out of the indefinite potentialities of zoe, form-of-life exemplifies the power of rendering actual and determinate forms inoperative or destitute. Rather than attempt to devise a ‘proper’ form of life, Agamben seeks to free life from the gravity of all tasks or vocations imposed on it by privileged forms. What matters to Agamben is less the form itself but rather the manner, in which it is lived. Whereas style designates a consistent model that defines a form of life in its recognizable identity, manner refers to a failure or refusal to fully appropriate or identify with this style. The article traces the development of the idea of form-of-life in Agamben’s work, discusses the ontological implications of Agamben’s argument in The Use of Bodies and concludes by discussing the American jam band Phish as the paradigm of Agamben’s form-of-life.
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/31266
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/31266
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2020) XXII/3

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
11-Prozorov.pdf198.87 kBAdobe PDFThumbnail
View/Open
Show full item record


CORE Recommender

Page view(s)

23
checked on Jun 24, 2021

Download(s)

4
checked on Jun 24, 2021

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric

Altmetric


This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons