Giorgio Agamben - Videos
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses the Apostle Paul, Christianity, Christian theology, Romans, Saint Augustine, the will, and potentiality. This is the eleventh and final lecture of his 2011 summer seminar.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses alternative ethics not based on the will or law, duty, Immanuel Kant, morality, oath, commandment, apparatus, and language. This is the tenth lecture of his 2011 summer seminar.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben talking about the results of his investigation into the archaeology of commandment. In this lecture he discusses the Greek word arko, the arkon, the beginning of the bible as commandment, beginning and commanding according to Martin Heidegger, the Anfang and Geschichte, the split between origin and commandment in Post Heideggerian philosophy, Reiner Schürmann's Le Principe d'anarchie, Jacques Derrida and the origin, the imperative, apophantic and non-apophantic discourse, is and ought, not sein but sollen, Hans Kelsen's theory of law, the linguistic work of Antoine Meilet and Emile Benveniste, JL Austin's speech acts, the commandment as non-apophantic logos, the ontology of assertion - the esti (be) - and the ontology of commandment - the esto (being), performative speech acts, the ontology of commandment vs ontology of assertion, the concept of will (Christian theology), potentiality (Greek theology), modal verbs, and Bartleby the Scrivener. European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses the misconception of modern media, government, power, commandment, oath, grace, language, the night of the soul, and Saint John of the Cross. This is the sixth lecture of his 2011 summer seminar. European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses gesture, commandment, language, religion, linguistics, Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, art, and poetry. This is the seventh lecture of his 2011 summer seminar. European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses will, commandment, Friedrich Nietzsche, Aristotle and his Metaphysics, being, modal verbs, potentiality, and the human animal divide. This is the eighth lecture of his 2011 summer seminar. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses the apparatus of will, its separation from potentiality by early Christian theologians, the ensuing institution of the responsible, free subject, creation, genesis, Aristotle, responsibility, and Christianity. This is the ninth lecture of his 2011 summer seminar.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses the form of the command and oath, commandment, lying, perjury, the apophantic and non-apophantic modes of language, linguistics, Gilles Deleuze and the concept of the password. This is the fourth lecture of his 2011 summer seminar. European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses oath, commandment, Michel Foucault, arche, religion, language, ontology, the imperative, and the indicative. This is the third lecture of his 2011 summer seminar. European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses commandment, linguistics, Antoine Meillet, Emile Benveniste, Sigmund Freud, trauma, arche, archaeology, the ontology of imperative, and the ontology of indicative. This is the second lecture of his 2011 summer seminar. European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, begins his 2011 summer seminar. Agamben discusses the difference between commandment and obedience, the Greek word arche (both origin and commandment), Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Franz Kafka. European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben, contemporary philosopher, discusses the distinction between man and animal, their relationship to language, the force of language, sacrament, linguistics, Oswald Ducrot, Gilles Deleuze, Ferdinand de Saussure, Franz Kafka and The Trial, Emile Benveniste, and Alain Badiou. This is the fifth lecture of his 2011 summer seminar. European Graduate School EGS
Giorgio Agamben delivering a lecture entitled: "Naissance des règles. Règles monastiques, pauvreté et forme de vie deBasile à François" about the birth of rules, discussing monastic rules, poverty and the life of Basile Francois at Paris 8 University on April 1 2011. (French)
Giorgio Agamben delivering a lecture entitled "Je le veux, je l'ordonne. Archéologie du commandement et de la volonté." (I will, I command. The Archaeology of Command and Control) at Université Paris 8 on February 18, 2011. (French)
Giorgio Agamben speaking about Nacktheiten, Nudities, the uncovered body, nakedness, nudity, theological implications and new forms of depersonalized identities through biometry. 3 Sat Kulturzeit, German TV, December 3, 2010. (German)
Giorgio Agamben conducting a seminar on his project Homo Sacer. He discussed the polis, Homo Sacer, Aristotles De Anima, philology, arche, definitions of form-of-life and the division of life, method, operations of power, naked life, biopolitics, bios, Martin Heidegger, dasein, dichotomic as opposed to bi-polar opposition, Aristotles Ethics, dualisms, and Heideggers abysmal indifference. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School (EGS) 2009
Giorgio Agamben conducting a seminar on his project Homo Sacer. He discussed Michel Foucault, Homo Sacer, the idea of a seminar as performance, philology, definitions of form-of-life, method, operations of power, naked life, biopolitics, bios, Martin Heidegger, dasein, dichotomic as opposed to bi-polar opposition, Aristotles Ethics, dualisms, and Heideggers abysmal indifference. European Graduate School (EGS) 2009
Judith Butler and Giorgio Agamben in a public conversation about Eichmann, Law and Justice at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas Fee, Switzerland August 2009. They discussed Hannah Arendt's book Eichmann in Jerusalem in relation to Agamben's work on liturgy and the spectacle, or the "liturgy of law" in Agamben's words. They also spoke of Kafka and the idea of justice versus juridical law. Free
Giorgio Agamben conducting a seminar on the problem of form of life and the conception subjectivity. He discussed Heideggers dasein and welt-sein, emphasizing Heideggers being-in-the-world as an opening, or lichtung. Before moving on to Foucaults reformulation of subjectivity. Beginning with Descartes and moving through the history of philosophy, he touched on Deleuze and Foucault who attempted to transform the meaning of subjectivity. Agamben spoke about practices of subjection in Foucaults earlier work, and the practices of liberation and freedom in his final lectures. Focusing on Foucaults Lart de lexistence, Agamben attempted to show how the subject is founded through ethical practices of the self, as opposed to a simple encounter with the concept of truth; subjectivity is discovered then in the lines of errors, or errants, instead of standards of truth.
Giorgio Agamben speaking about Michel Foucault, the role of liturgy, etymology and the Uficium in the Catholic Church and how those concepts have carried forth into the contemporary juridical state. Giorgio Agamben discussing modern ethic and politics, Homo Sacer, Liturgy, Law, Opus Operatum, Praxis, Ontology, Heidegger with questions by Judith Butler at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas Fee, Switzerland August 2009.
Giorgio Agamben conducting a seminar on the creation of the subject in the work of of Michel Foucault. Agamben examined the idea of the subject (through a discussion of the role of the author) by contrasting theories of subjectivity between Michel Foucault and Pierre Hadot. Agamben discussed the chiasmatic relationship of the art making the art as the artist makes the art. He spoke of the movement of the location of subjectivity from autonomy to ethics, Nietzsche, praxis, the notion of indifference, the two meanings of ontology, the fundamental difference between essence and existence, and the limits of language. Public open video lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School (EGS) Media and Communication Studies Program.
Giorgio Agamben offering an analysis of power through an investigation of the paradox of monastic life in light of his concept, form-of-life. He spoke about St Francis, Catholic rule or regula, papal power and the history of the monastic experience. Drawing on a history of that shows the progressive control of the monastery by the church. He spoke about spiritualists, Pope John XXIII, the role of the apostate, existence and essence, law and life, Edward Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey, schema and rythmus, and looked at monastic literature.
Giorgio Agamben continuing the second part of a seminar called Literature and the Paradox of Monasticism. He discussed the the relationship between rule and life, and its original founding in the regulation of the monastic order in the middle ages. He spoke extensively about opus dei, meditation, and oral recitation of scripture. He discussed the concept of the rule which coincides with the whole of life and results in totalitarianism. Agamben discussed how Roman law was always singular, but under the Catholic Church became universal and thereby indeterminate. He discussed the translation of this indeterminacy of law in modern times, resulting in terms like rule of law and reasons for security. He spoke about his own work in the state of exception and homo sacer, resulting in books of the same name.
Giorgio Agamben continuing a series of seminars on the idea of rule and life. In this class, he explored the genealogy of monasticism, touching on subjectivity, music in the monastery, liturgy and prayer as a form of chant. He discussed the development of juridical law from Franciscan rule, Phillipe Lacoue-Labarthe, the non-juridical character of monastic rule, Spanish Scholastics. He spoke about the obligation of the vow and the vow of the vow, Immanuel Kant and the categorical imperative, as well as the idea of the other.
Giorgio Agamben discussing the advent of liturgy in the New Testament and Pauls letter to the jews. He spoke about the role of sacrifice and the performative act in the death of christ. He focussed on authority in liturgical act, and liturgy as eucharist, and the administration of the baptism.
Giorgio Agamben conducting a seminar focused on monasticism and the liturgy, power of life and the concept of power. In this segment, Agamben focused on the "effect" of Christ, on the effect, as it were, of the ontological presencing of Christ as it relates to the power of the ufficium, or office of the church. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS.
Philosopher Giorgio Agamben and Father Eric Morin discussing the messianism of St. Paul, Christianity, and the influence beyond the visible boundaries of the Church to the foundations of Western thought. Paris. March 3, 2009
Giorgio Agamben, continental Italian philosopher, presenting his book Profanations / Profanaciones during a conference at Universidad Nacional de San Martín, exploring key concepts of the legal, aesthetic, and cultural spheres. Introduction and commentary by Dr. Edgardo Castro. Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Escuela de Humanidades. November 21, 2008
Giorgio Agamben speaking about the notion of contemporaneity, what does it mean be contemporary, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, paradigm, anachronism to the present, history, demands of the time, distancing from and belonging to a period, a relationship to time, Alain Badiou, the century, personal experience, blood, and life, historical collective time, the beast, backbone. European Graduate School EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 2007
An Economy of Power 'Government of Men and Things', Agamben starts from and recontextualizes Foucault's work on government and traces certain notions of government back to the earliest Christian theology. 11th B.N. Ganguli Memorial Lecture at the The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) on Thursday January 11th, 2007. 5:30 p.m. in Delhi.
Giorgio Agamben, Italian professor and philosopher, presenting the text What is a Dispositive? Che cosè un dispositivo?, analyzing the proliferation of dispositives, desubjectification, discussing the history and origins of the term dispositive, linguistics, terminology, philosophy, theological genealogy of the economy, religion, relevance as well as Michel Foucault, Immanuel Kant, Baruch Spinoza, and Martin Heidegger. European Graduate School EGS 2005
Giorgio Agamben, Open lecture "State of exception in todays world of affairs (From Guantanamo to Auschwitz)" - Free public open lecture for the students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2005.
Italian Philosopher Giorgio Agamben lecturing at European Graduate School and discussing the concept of the State of Exception, terminology as the poetic moment of philosophy, definitions, terms, Plato, ideas, Spinoza, mode, choice of terminology, the Ausnahmezustand, martial law, a phenomenon, point of imbalance between public law and politics, an ambiguous zone, located at the border of the juridical and the political, siege, war, perception, images, suspension of order and law, public law, theory, sovereignty, Karl Schmitt
Giorgio Agamben, a philosopher talking about the "State of Exception" in the light of North America's "War on Terror".free public open philosophy and politics lecture for the students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2003.
Giorgio Agamben, asking what is a paradigm, philosophy, epistemology, Methodology, Figures and phenomena, techniques, patterns and members, the Muselmann, Homo sacer, the State of exception, Michel Foucault, development capability of philosophy, philosophical element, Entwicklungsfähigkeit, ignorance, potential. Free public open philosophy and politics lecture for the students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2002.