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ExperimentingEssays with Samuel Weber$
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Simon Morgan Wortham and Gary Hall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228140

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228140.001.0001

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Going Along For the Ride: Violence and Gesture—agamben Reading Benjamin Reading Kafka Reading Cervantes

Going Along For the Ride: Violence and Gesture—agamben Reading Benjamin Reading Kafka Reading Cervantes

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Experimenting
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Simon Morgan Wortham

Gary Hall

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823228140.003.0011

The “state of exception” thus serves as the pretext of a violence bent on justifying and reproducing a political-legal system that presents itself as the indispensable condition of that “minimal order” required in order for life to be livable. “Purity” thus is not a characteristic of immanence, not a property, but, as Agamben notes, a “relational” category. In the case of violence, he continues, “purity” should be sought not in “violence itself” (pas dans la violence meme), but “in its relation to something external.” Anything that defines its “purity” or identity in terms of its relation to something else is, of course, a “means.”

Keywords:   exception, Agamben, purity, violence, means, relation, identity

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