Infancy and history: on the destruction of experience

Infancy and history: on the destruction of experience

Traducción: Liz Heron

Editorial: Verso

Páginas: 167

Año: 2007

EAN: 9781844675715

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This essay, by an increasingly influential Italian philosopher, takes its overall theme from Walter Benjamin (Agamben is the editor of Benjamin´s works in Italy): contemporary existence is marked by a denial of experience; the density of modern urban life becomes intolerable through our incapacity to transmute the everyday eventualities of life into any form of direct engagement or personal wisdom. Through explorations of the work of Kant, Hegel and Husserl, in particular, Agamben addresses the question of language and experience, and the notion of a "dumb", pre-linguistic experience, which takes him into analyses of childhood, games (in a chapter on Pinocchio) and time. This should be a useful contribution to debates on philosophy and everyday life.