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Benjamin vs. Schmitt: Giorgio Agamben’s Mistake

Автор: Chubarov Igor

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Senior Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Science. Address: 12/1 Goncharnaya Str., 109240 Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

“Dangerous liaisons” of the left and right-conservative dis¬course have been discussed widely by different thinkers of the 20th century. Most sharply this issue rung in the context of long standing debates between the left esoteric Walter Benjamin and the conservative utopist Carl Schmitt. Based on the texts of Ben¬jamin and Schmitt of the 20s and 30s focused on a range of issues such as sovereignty, state of emergency or violence and language, the author exposes the irreducibility of the positions of these two thinkers and their fundamental political, metaphys¬ical and ethical alternativeness. The article critically analyses the approaches of famous modern day researchers to the theme referred to (Agamben), conditioned by their preconceived polit¬ical, theological and metaphysical convictions.

Ключевые слова: origins of law; sovereignty; state of emergency; affect; violence

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