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    DescriptionHow and why did experience and knowledge become separated? Is it possible to talk of an infancy of experience, a "dumb" experience? For Walter Benjamin, the "poverty of experience" was a characteristic of modernity, originating in the catastrophe of the First World War. For Giorgio Agamben, the Italian editor of Benjamin's complete works, the destruction of experience no longer needs catastrophes: daily life in any modern city will suffice. Agamben's profound and radical exploration of language, infancy, and everyday life traces concepts of experience through Kant, Hegel, Husserl and Benveniste. In doing so he elaborates a theory of infancy that throws new light on a number of major themes in contemporary thought: the anthropological opposition between nature and culture; the linguistic opposition between speech and language; the birth of the subject and the appearance of the unconscious. Agamben goes on to consider time and history; the Marxist notion of base and superstructure (via a careful reading of the famous Adorno-Benjamin correspondence on Baudelaire's Paris); and the difference between rituals and games. Beautifully written, erudite and provocative, these essays will be of great interest to students of philosophy, linguistics, anthropology and politics.


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    Title
    Infancy and History
    Subtitle
    On the Destruction of Experience
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giorgio Agamben
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 198 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844675715
    ISBN 10: 1844675718
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    BIC subject category V2: CFA
    LC classification: JA
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    DC22: 901
    Abridged Dewey: 901
    B&T Approval Code: A10170000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15220
    DC22: 401
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: CFA
    Edition
    Annotated
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    17 January 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Giorgio Agamben teaches at the University of Verona. His works in English include Language and Death, Stanzas: The Word and the Phantasm in Western Culture and The Community to Come.
    Review quote
    "Giorgio Agamben is possibly the most delicate and probing thinker since Walter Benjamin." - Avrital Ronell, University of California, Berkeley"