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by Michael Hardt,Giorgio Agamben

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ISBN: 0816622353
ISBN13: 978-0816622351
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Michael Hardt,Giorgio Agamben
Language: English
Publisher: University Of Minnesota Press (February 26, 1993)
Pages: 120 pages
ePUB size: 1802 kb
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Giorgio Agamben's The Coming Community is a quiet and beautifully written confrontation of thinking, an opening onto potentia that the careful reader (as such) will raise heart, head, and hand to meet irreparably. The small book bears its own halo, the words guilty yet of my own inactuality. The world such as, "here I am!"
Went Tyu
Recently a former schoolfriend has send me the section Homonyme from
the book "The Coming Community". The topic of that section has had my interest
even before because of their importance in the foundations of mathematics.

I would like to ask whether Agamben is familiar with topics
like first order formal language contra higher order formal language.
Is he familiar enough with the never ending debate of formalism versus intuitionism.
I could go on and explain the rudimentary way to deal with paradoxes in the naive set theory.

Moreover, Giorgio Agamben addresses together and mixes unnecessarily
the mathematical and logical problems with physical problems.
I see the danger that he wants too much, and takes the broadness of philosophy
as a license to talk in a too vague way.
Perhaps only Feynman and Hawking would be able to avoid such pitfalls.
I think it would be more inspiring to be more clear, anyway.
The Coming Community by the Italian thinker Agamben, translated by Michael Hardt, is an indispensible work for anyone who is interested in a renewed thinking of a political community without identity.

The Coming Community does not refer to a community that will arrive one day in a fixed form. Such an arrival would only indicate that it is not the community that we are talking about. Rather, it is a community which lacks precisely this fixed identity, and which beings must learn to belong to.

This can be seen as a singular attempt at a renewed thinking of community against the background of Jean-Luc Nancy's work in Inoperative Community and Blanchot's Unavowable Community. Also, the work can be read in the context of Derrida's work on "the democracy-to-come".
Agamben's book Infancy and History was a superb book, and I was looking forward to reading this book. The book should be twice as big, as seemingly every other sentence calls for further elaboration. To be sure, it is esay to undersatnd that Agamben's language is inspired by the later Heidegger's unfolding of language, particularly through etymology. The grounding of the book is an elaboration of the word "whatever" (qualunque), and perhaps this was more understandable in the original Italian, the point being, for Agamben, that 'being' is not a case of "whatever being" such that it does not matter which, but "such that it always matters". This then becomes his base for human ethics. Fair enough. But who needs the exposition of "whatever" in order to argue for an ethics of understanding? His ultimate argument is that the coming community will not be one of control of the State in politrical terms, but rather a struggle between the State and the non-State. He gives the example of the demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, whom, Agamben argues, did not demonstate for concrete demands, or rather, that "democracy and freedom are notions too generic and broadly defined to constitute the real object of a conflict". This is incredible! Agamben is more familiar with Italian farmers demanding foreign goods be stopped at the borders. My feeling by the end of the book, was that Agamben's Coming Community would be a community of Intellectuals who a few times a year march for people who are no longer a community, the disposessed, (whom, despite their efforts of solidarity with each other's plight, remain ultimately marginal) but after the demonstration the intellectuals return to their comfortable university-paid jobs. This book left me feeling angry.