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    The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Giorgio Agamben, Translated by Adam Kotsko

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    DescriptionWhat is a rule, if it appears to become confused with life? And what is a human life, if, in every one of its gestures, of its words, and of its silences, it cannot be distinguished from the rule? It is to these questions that Agamben's new book turns by means of an impassioned reading of the fascinating and massive phenomenon of Western monasticism from Pachomius to St. Francis. The book reconstructs in detail the life of the monks with their obsessive attention to temporal articulation and to the Rule, to ascetic techniques and to liturgy. But Agamben's thesis is that the true novelty of monasticism lies not in the confusion between life and norm, but in the discovery of a new dimension, in which "life" as such, perhaps for the first time, is affirmed in its autonomy, and in which the claim of the "highest poverty" and "use" challenges the law in ways that we must still grapple with today. How can we think a form-of-life, that is, a human life released from the grip of law, and a use of bodies and of the world that never becomes an appropriation? How can we think life as something not subject to ownership but only for common use?

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    The Highest Poverty
    Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giorgio Agamben, Translated by Adam Kotsko
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9780804784061
    ISBN 10: 080478406X

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    LC classification: BX2436 .A3313 2013
    Stanford University Press
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    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Author Information
    Giorgio Agamben, an Italian philosopher and political theorist, teaches at the IUAV University in Venice, Italy and holds the Baruch Spinoza Chair at the European Graduate School, Switzerland. His most recent book available in English from Stanford University Press is The Kingdom and the Glory (2011).
    Review quote
    "[I]t deepens the insights of Agamben's earlier work and extends them into the theological realm. . . . Recommended."--A. W. Klink, "Choice"