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Giorgio Agamben. The Relation of Rule and Life

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Title:Giorgio Agamben. The Relation of Rule and Life
Date:2009Length:1:06:13
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.