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By Sergei Prozorov
Tracing how the common sense of inoperativity works within the domain names of language, legislation, background and humanity, Agamben and Politics systematically introduces the elemental options of Agamben's political suggestion and a significantly translates his insights within the wider context of latest philosophy.
Agamben's commentators and critics are inclined to concentrate on his robust critique of the Western political culture within the Homo Sacer sequence. yet this slim concentration serves to imprecise the final constitution of Agamben's political idea, that is neither destructive nor serious yet affirmative. Sergei Prozorov brings out the affirmative temper of Agamben's political proposal, concentrating on the idea that of inoperativity, which has been primary to Agamben's paintings from his earliest writings
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To be worthy of the name, potentiality must retain its potential for being ‘impotential’, for not passing into actuality. : 182). : 179). While this understanding of potentiality might at first glance appear esoteric, it is precisely this potential ‘not to’ that is constitutive of human existence as such: [Beings] that exist in the mode of potentiality are capable of their own impotentiality; and only in this way do they become potential. They can be because they are in relation to their own non-Being.
Agamben applies the concept to refer to a specific kind of action that, moreover, does not minimise but rather augments the possibilities of use. As we shall demonstrate repeatedly throughout this chapter, to affirm inoperativity is not to affirm inertia, inactivity or apraxia, let alone dysfunctionality or destruction, but rather a form of praxis that is devoid of any telos or task, does not realise any essence and does not correspond to any nature. It is this form of praxis that for Agamben manifests the originary feature of the human condition: ‘Because human beings neither are nor have to be any essence, any nature, or any specific destiny, their condition is the most empty and the most insubstantial of all’ (Agamben 2000: 94–5).
Someone asked. ‘I’d have a shirt’, was the answer. (Benjamin 1968: 134–5) This parable is not merely comic in the conventional sense but illustrates the logic of comic reversal that we shall trace below in various domains of Agamben’s political thought. The ‘net result’ of the wish fulfilment is admittedly meagre, even though we need not underestimate the importance, even a salvific one, of a shirt for the one lacking it: ‘Seek for food and clothing first, then the Kingdom of God shall be added unto you’ (Hegel cited in Benjamin 1968: 254; cf.
Agamben and Politics : a Critical Introduction by Sergei Prozorov