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Title: Beginnings Are Hard. Giorgio Agamben and the Regressive Subject
Authors: Sawczynski, Piotr
Keywords: Giorgio AgambensubjectlanguageregressioninfancyJewish messianism
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Piotr Sawczynski, "Beginnings Are Hard. Giorgio Agamben and the Regressive Subject" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2020) XXII/3", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2021, pp. 275-286
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
The article analyzes Giorgio Agamben’s methodological tool of regression against the back-ground of Jewish messianism. Although the term is obviously borrowed from Freudian psychoanalysis, Agamben’s reading of regression has a distinct messianic spin: it means a movement toward prelinguistic existence (infancy), prior to the ontological split within the subject generated by language. This quasi-Edenic narrative might be called a ‘Heideggerian moment’ of Agamben’s thought but I argue – with reference to Infancy and History and Signature of All Things – that it is actually deeply rooted in Jewish tradition. The aim of the article is to 1) demonstrate the crypto-theological background of regression to infancy and 2) critically analyze Agamben’s idea of ‘regressive’ subjectivity beyond the principle of signification.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/31276
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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