The hyper-hermeneutic gesture of a subtle revolution

Frost, Tom (2015) The hyper-hermeneutic gesture of a subtle revolution. In: Zartaloudis, Thanos (ed.) Agamben and law. Philosophers and law . Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, pp. 261-284. ISBN 9781472428844

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Abstract

Drawing upon the thought of Giorgio Agamben, this essay focuses upon the potential of a single act to change a political order. Agamben’s writings retain the possibility for a paradigmatic gesture that opens a space for a politics not founded on a form of belonging grounded in a particular property, such as national identity. To illustrate this event this essay turns to Agamben’s construction of whatever-being, which is constructed hyper-hermeneutically. This term is chosen deliberately. Whatever-being retains a hermeneutic structure, but is constructed through singular paradigmatic examples. These examples are evidence for whatever-being’s existence as a pure singularity, unable to be reduced to a particular quality. Such examples are gestures that allow future modes of belonging to separate themselves from oppressive foundations and dominating constructions of political existence, through revealing the possibility of a new way of being that does not require a revolutionary ‘zero hour’ to be brought about.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Agamben; Law
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
K Law > K Law in General. Comparative and uniform Law. Jurisprudence > K0201 Jurisprudence. Philosophy and theory of law
Depositing User: Thomas Frost
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 13:14
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2015 14:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52850

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