Title Creation and Anarchy
Subtitle The Work of Art and the Religion of Capitalism
Author Giorgio Agamben
ISBN 9781503609266
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 104
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Creation and the giving of orders are closely entwined in Western culture, where God commands the world into existence and later issues the injunctions known as the Ten Commandments. The arche, or origin, is always also a command, and a beginning is always the first principle that governs and decrees. This is as true for theology, where God not only creates the world but governs and continues to govern through continuous creation, as it is for the philosophical and political tradition according to which beginning and creation, command and will, together form a strategic apparatus without which our society would fall apart.

The five essays collected here aim to deactivate this apparatus through a patient archaeological inquiry into the concepts of work, creation, and command. Giorgio Agamben explores every nuance of the arche in search of an an-archic exit strategy. By the book’s final chapter, anarchy appears as the secret center of power, brought to light so as to make possible a philosophical thought that might overthrow both the principle and its command.


Translator’s Note

Chapter 1: Archaeology of the Work of Art

Chapter 2: What Is the Act of Creation?

Chapter 3: The Inappropriable

Chapter 4: What Is a Command?

Chapter 5: Capitalism as Religion


Index of Names

About the Author:

Giorgio Agamben is a contemporary Italian philosopher and political theorist whose works have been translated into numerous languages. His most recent title with Stanford University Press is What Is Real? (2018).

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This book is for students and academicians of religious studies, philosophy/political philosophy and for philosophers and political theorists.

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