Giorgio Agamben is professor of aesthetics at the University of Verona. He is the author of ten previous books, including the prequel to this one, Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Kevin Attell is a writer and translator living in Berkeley, California. He is the translator of Agamben's The Open: Man and Animal.
The impact of Agamben's thought since the publication of the first
volume of Homo Sacer . . . has been immense not merely in
the field of continental philosophy but also in political and legal
theory, sociology, and in literary and cultural studies.--M.
Canstantinou and M. Margaroni "Continental Philosophy"
State of Exception is a timely and compelling inquiry into the capacity of state power to withdraw the guarantees of legal protection and entitlement, at once abandoning its subjects to the violent whims of law and intensifying state power. Not to be conceived as merely occasional and conditional, invocations of a state of exception have come to constitute the basis of modern state power. Agamben deftly considers the historical and philosophical implications of this power, offering a brilliant consideration of 'life' and its tense relation to normativity. This is an erudite and provocative book that calls for us to 'stop the machine' and break the violent hold that law lays upon life.
--Judith Butler "Judith Butler, author of Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning" (8/6/2004 12:00:00 AM)