Does sovereignty have a future in the 21st century? Through a sustained engagement with the work of the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, and against the background of contemporary political phenomena, Arne De Boever explores what positive political possibilities the notion of sovereignty might still hold. Using the philosophy of Catherine Malabou, he argues that these possibilities reside in an aesthetic reconceptualisation of sovereignty as a plastic power that is able to give, receive and explode the forms of our political future. ; Through a sustained engagement with the work of Giorgio Agamben and Catherine Malabou, and against the background of contemporary political phenomena, Arne De Boever explores what positive political possibilities the notion of sovereignty might still hold. ; Prologue: The Future of Sovereignty; Part One: Aesthetics: Chapter One: An Experiment with Language; Chapter Two: The Divine Violence of Storytelling; Chapter Three: From Translatability to Politics; Part Two: Economy: Chapter Four: The Proletariat’s Bare Life; Chapter Five: Technology, Ontology, Politics; Chapter Six: The Work of Inoperativity; Part Three: Politics: Chapter Seven: Agamben in America; Chapter Eight: Sovereignty’s Glitches; Chapter Nine: Formations of Infancy. ; Prologue: The Future of SovereigntyPart I: Aesthetics1: An Experiment with Language2: The Divine Violence of Storytelling3: From Translatability to PoliticsPart II: Economy4: The Proletariat’s Bare Life5: Technology, Ontology, Politics6: The Work of InoperativityPart III: Politics7: Agamben in America8: Sovereignty’s Glitches9: Formations of Infancy
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Rejecting all form of transcendence or messianism and providing us with a highly original reading of Agamben, Arne De Boever proves that sovereignty implies its own transformability.
Arne De Boever is Director of the MA Aesthetics and Politics program at the California Institute of the Arts.