See in the mirror dimly but then face to face That s an interesting take I told him Though that makes me wonder if the painter too had I Corinthian 1312 in mind and if yes did he mean to show Paul finally coming face to face and still unable to see Is this about Paul being tried with doubt close to his nd I forgot all about the painting a little while later until a few days ago when I decided I d want to take the painting a little while later until a few days ago when I decided I d want to take closer look at it and maybe write up on I couldn t remember the name of the painting though so I asked my friend about it He couldn t remember it Gangbang Slut either but he could tell it s mentioned somewhere in What is an Apparatus by Agamben And that s how I came across this bookSerodine s painting is briefly mentioned in The Friend one of the three shortssays of this book The three One Con Glory essays areach an attempt to define an important term Apparatus a key term in Focault s philosophy that roughly refers to the network of structures and mechanisms that serves a necessary function for practicing power the Friend the philos a Term So Incredibly Close To so incredibly close to and yet so conceptually distant and the Contemporary a term perhaps useful to understand our relationship with the philosophical texts of our time Among the three friend remains the least defined term Serodine s painting in fact is brought up as an Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows example to portray the near impossibility of the conceptualization of friendshipEachssay is at least slightly interesting but neither one is stunning For Apparatus Agamben presents an interesting trace oikonomia the Church s final resort for The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) explaining the administration of divine power He also decides thatverything which has a potential to control and orient our lives may be considered as an apparatus and that man is in desperate need of a strategy to
DEAL WITH THEM RESTORING THESE APPARATUS with them Restoring these apparatus the free use of man or Profanation Agamben claims is the only counter apparatus that would do the job Yet he fails badly to really Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, explain what this really means or how it sven doableAlmost half of The Friend is spent on A Fairly Honourable Defeat emphasizing the impossibility of its conceptualization and the other half on repeating a passage by Ari. Amben's leadingssay illuminates the notion 'I will call an apparatus' he writes 'literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture orient determine intercept model control or secure the gestures behaviors opinions or discourses of living beings'Seen from this perspective Agamben's work like Foucault's may be described as the identification and investigation of apparatuses together with incessant attempts to find new ways to dismantle them Though philosophy contains the notion of philos or friend in its very name Stotle In What is Contemporary the third ssay Agamben first asserts that being contemporary does not mean coinciding with one s time or ven agreeing with it but it s about stablishing a uniue relationship with that He then relies mostly on The Century a poem by Osip Mandelstaum to draw
a few properties for his definition and further few properties for his definition and further itThere are not a ton of original ideas in this short book far less indispensable ones Yet at times one comes across interesting points discussed here and there that one might be able to pick uestion or build up on perhaps similar to how that painting has lingered and transformed in my mind Otherwise you might as well do without this one and go pick up a denser auspicious book that offers a better chance of proving didactic Agamben s tymological journey into and then subseuently rebirthed out of the Foucauldian term dispositif was insightful not only in thinking about Foucault but also on Agamben s own projects I am thinking primarily of his work in Homo SacerI would however seek to propose an inverse relation of sacrality and profanity in the machinic relations of apparatuses and ourselves in the process of subjectification and desubjectification This is pretty poorly stated but this is not the place to The Man Without a Face elaborate on my own thoughts necessarilythe secondssay on friendship was *interesting specially the closing section on Aristotle and the primacy of friendship as con sentuality an xistential * especially the closing section on Aristotle and the primacy of friendship as con sentuality an Gone (Gone, existential with or a between of selves that is primordial and in a sense nonconceptualizable A sans fundamental proximity or relationality with the other that grounds ourxistence in an abyssThe last Threads Of The Shroud essay on contemporaneity was my least favorite In many ways it was just anlaboration of an idea from Nietzsche with an xigesis of a poem theological conceptions of the kairos some astronomical metaphorsfiguative concepts and some talk about fashion thrown
In As Well Butas well But it was the least interesting of the three in my opinionThis book is of great interest to those making their way into Agamben s corpus It is xtremely short however so be careful about how much you spend acuiring it. Hilosophers tend to be very skeptical about friendship In his second Untitled. essay Agamben tries to dispel this skepticism by showing that at the heart of friendship and philosophy but also at the core of politics lies the samexperience the shared sensation of being Guided by the uestion 'What does it mean to be contemporary' Agamben begins the third Wiring essay with a reading of Nietzsche's philosophy and Mandelstam's poetry proceeding from these to anxploration of such diverse fields as fashion neurophysiology messianism and astrophysics. .
This is a very short collection of ssays so short that I *Cannot Imagine Why Anyone Would * imagine why anyone would it As with my last xperience reading Agamben I don t get what the big deal is The first Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage essay is a clearly writtenxplanation of the apparatus concept found in Foucault and Deleuze Pretty interesting and sort of useful But Ultimately Just Explaining Something Already DevelopedThe Second Essay Explores ultimately just The DOS explaining something already developedThe secondssay Against All Odds explores via Aristotle and covers some of the same territory as Derrida Pretty interesting but not groundbreaking at allThe finalssay is about time and it is probably the most original article in the book It is the only article that calls for rereading and I sort of want to reread it next to the sections about time in Society of the Spectacle 3 ssays of which I was most interested in the first What is an Apparatus Agamben creates a categorical criteria between 1 Living things and 2 The Apparatuses which seek to control them with subjectivity in between Capitalism he suggests is the accumulation and proliferation of apparatuses He also describes the move from discipline to control In the disciplinary society apparatuses were used to create subjectivities the creation of individuals whereas in the control society there is
only a desubjectification and no subjectification The individual is disseminated and turned into a numerical value Thus politics asa desubjectification and no subjectification The individual is disseminated and turned into a numerical value Thus politics as apparatus no longer considers individual movements workers movement bourgeoisie tc but is only concerned with the perpetuation of itself a machine with left and right poles To Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils escape this apparatus Agamben suggests we cannot simply seek to destroy it or to use it for ourselves as we might see in accelerationism or Negrism but instead posits the possibility of Profanation the sacred object becoming profane This is a painting one of my friends showed me a couple of months ago The Apostles Paul and Peter on the Road to Martyrdom by Giovanni Serodine he said Agamben says the two apostles in this painting are so close that there s no way they can seeach other hence a perfect allegory for friendship I took a look It reminded me of I Corinthian 1312 also by Paul For now we. The three ssays collected in this book offer a succinct introduction to Agamben's recent work through an investigation of Foucault's notion of the apparatus a meditation on the intimate link of philosophy to friendship and a reflection on contemporariness or the singular relation one may have to one's own time 'Apparatus' dispositif in French is at once a most ubiuitous and nebulous concept in Foucault's later thought In a text bearing the same name 'What is a dispositif' Deleuze managed to contribute to its mystification but Ag. ,