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A H istorical and L egal S tudy ] F. To deepen his case against Schmitt, Agamben offers an analysis of the Roman republican convention of the iustitium–an ancient precedent for the state of exception.

His dual emphasis on the iustitium and senatus consultum in State of Exception is intentionally confusing, since he couples them in order to accommodate two contradictory impulses. By refusing to engage with specific institutional responses, Agamben comes close to saying it is law itself that is the true juridical problem.

Translated by Kevin Attell. First is Agamben’s interpretation of the term ‘force-of-law,’ which, as he notes, supplies the title for a lecture by Jacques Derrida. Judith Butler, in her recent book Precarious Lifehas drawn on Agamben to make this contribution explicit.

In effect, Agamben is working backwards from a reading of Benjamin’s dictum, and he thinks he finds in the senatus consultum a precedent for the state of exception as a period of anomie. A G uide for the P erplexed Continuum Books 81— Constitutionalists will find this unsatisfying.

Academic colleagues and other commentators in the media seemed either offended by the implied comparison of mere fingerprinting with the operation of concentration camps or else they dismissed his comment as symptomatic of a politically irresponsible and paranoid style of thought infecting academia. And the system is always double; it works always by means of opposition. When the Roman senate was alerted to a situation that seemed to threaten or compromise the republic, they pronounced a senatus consultum ultimum.

Lo stato di eccezione. Homo sacer: : Giorgio Agamben: Fremdsprachige Bücher

Less than a week later, Agamben announced the cancellation of his visit in an op-ed, Non au tatouage biopolitique [ Say No to Biopolitical Tattooing ], L e M ondeJan. State of Exception is, recognizably, a sequel to Homo Sacerbut not the one that might have been expected.


Even if we accept this kind of paradigm shopping as a valid way to make critical, phenomenological, or ethical assessments, Agamben’s method frustrates his potential contributions to comparative or historical inquiry.

Opimius was acquitted; Cicero was convicted. This figure of generalized catastrophe under a sky void of transcendental authority haunts Agamben’s description of a ‘global civil war’ characterized by ‘governmental violence that ignores international law externally and produces a permanent state of exception internally, while all the time pretending to uphold the law.

Agamben repeats this claim often but never stto a positive case for the expansion of rights or for the formal delimitation of emergency measures.

In agabmen technical sense, ‘force-of-law’ refers not to the law itself, but to decrees that have, as the expression goes, ‘force-of-law’–decrees that executive power can be authorized to give, and most notably in the state of exception. The refugees, pawns in the hands of time and politics, then find themselves permanent residents of these spaces of exception.

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The program went into effect January 5, The importance of this model has only increased over time. It is a limit zone where logic and practice intermingle and a pure violence without logos activates an enunciation with no real referent.

Agamben has long argued, in a formulation best distilled in his book Ecdezione Sacer: The central issue that has evaded consensus—whether states of exception should be regulated by law or left unregulated—has generated a great deal ecceziobe legal writing, and Agamben’s account gets us no closer to a resolution of this debate. The state of exception is one of eccezion zones. For an accessible overview of post-Holocaust Continental ethics, see B enjamin C. In truth, the early Roman dictatorship is just as apt a model for modern states of emergency as the senatus consultum.

Stato di eccezione is Agamben’s most sustained blueprint of this politics-to-come, a document that charts an ethical and conceptual path beyond the state of exception by providing tools to break into and move through it.


For Agamben, the Western political system is founded in the double movement between two heterogeneous and antithetical elements: However, Agamben draws a more extreme conclusion. Roosevelt to declare a national emergency six hours after assuming power in –all of these attest the inextricable link between the state of exception and the normal functioning of the bourgeois democratic state.

Ecezione the last century, it provided a point of departure ecezione both Clinton Rossiter and Carl Schmitt in their accounts of states of emergency. Reminding ourselves of Europe as a savage continent.

Review of Giorgio Agamben The State of Exception

It is true that constitutional theorists are generally pragmatic commentators on institutional design. Proportionality, constitutional law, and sub-constitutional law: E ine S tudie aus der romischen R echtgeschichte [T he I ustitium: In some ways, the consul, subject to ex stao facto review, was more constrained than the dictator.

They thus reveal the anomic drive that lies at the very heart of the nomos. Bush on 13 November subjecting non-citizens suspected of terrorist activities to indefinite detention and military tribunals as the most recent in a line of emergency measures that open a no-man’s-land between the political and the abamben.

Despite their normative dissonance, the arbitrary detentions and the other apparent suspensions of due process standards that followed are not particularly surprising from the point of view of mainstream constitutional debates.

While innumerable debates and insights may be drawn from this slim volume, 8 I will limit this review to three areas: The iustitium involved not a suspension of the framework of justice but a suspension of the law itself.