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    DescriptionThe Signature of All Things is Giorgio Agamben's sustained reflection on method. To reflect on method implies for Agamben an archaeological vigilance: a persistent form of thinking in order to expose, examine, and elaborate what is obscure, unanalyzed, even unsaid, in an author's thought. To be archaeologically vigilant, then, is to return to, even invent, a method attuned to a "world supported by a thick weave of resemblances and sympathies, analogies and correspondences." Collecting a wide range of authors and topics in a slim but richly argued volume, Agamben enacts the search to create a science of signatures that exceeds the attempts of semiology and hermeneutics to determine the pure and unmarked signs that signify univocally, neutrally, and eternally. Three conceptual figures organize Agamben's argument and the advent of his new method: the paradigm, the signature, and archaeology. Each chapter is devoted to an investigation of one of these concepts and Agamben carefully constructs its genealogy transhistorically and from an interdisciplinary perspective. And at each moment of the text, Agamben pays tribute to Michel Foucault, whose methods he rethinks and effectively uses to reformulate the logic of the concepts he isolates. The Signature of All Things reveals once again why Agamben is one of the most innovative thinkers writing today.


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    Title
    The Signature of All Things
    Subtitle
    On Method
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giorgio Agamben, Translated by Luca Di Santo, Translated by Kevin Atell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 124
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781890951986
    ISBN 10: 1890951986
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI004000
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15530
    B&T Approval Code: A10302000
    DC22: 195
    BISAC V2.8: PHI026000
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 195
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A10204058
    BISAC V2.8: PHI014000
    LC classification: BD241 .A3513 2009
    Thema V1.0: QDTK, NK, QD
    Publisher
    ZONE BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ZONE BOOKS
    Publication date
    31 December 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Giorgio Agamben is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Venice. He is the author of Profanations (2007), Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive (2002), both published by Zone Books, and other books.
    Review quote
    " ...The Signature of All Things is a work of the highest intellectual caliber." Conor O'Dea Philosophy in Review