The dispositif between Foucault and Agamben

Frost, Tom (2017) The dispositif between Foucault and Agamben. Law, Culture and the Humanities. ISSN 1743-8721

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Abstract

This article interrogates the specter of resistance in the writings of Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault, arguing they open up divergent ways of theorizing resistance to power. This article’s focus is on both philosophers’ use and interpretation of the dispositif, or apparatus, which controls and orders subjects, and which is the target for forms of resistance. Whereas for Foucault resistance is a practice existing as a transcendent possibility for any individual, Agamben reads such transcendent forms of resistance as ultimately reinforcing the control of the dispositif, arguing that only a turn to ontology and immanent politics can resistance be meaningful.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B0790 Modern (1450/1660-)
K Law > K Law in General. Comparative and uniform Law. Jurisprudence > K0201 Jurisprudence. Philosophy and theory of law
Depositing User: Thomas Frost
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 07:39
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52230

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