Giorgio Agamben, Bartleby, Or on Contingency. Report. Post on Aug Views. Category: Documents. Downloads. Download. Third, Agamben’s reading in relation to Aristotle’s logic of potentiality. .. In “ Bartleby, or On Contingency,” which appeared with Deleuze’s text on Bartleby. establishment of the contingency of beings and events. However, the relationship . death, Agamben points to Bartleby as a hopeful figure of.

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The idea of power.

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Hardt, Michael, and Antonio. Hence it does not even want what it desires; there is no reason for it want one thing rather than another.

The falasifa were concerned with the principles by which the possible, existing in the mind of God, does or does not actualize in the creative act. The will to power is, in truth, the will to will, an eternally repeated action; only as such is it potentialized.

Thus, Bartleby, he argues, conducts an experiment in what can either be or not be, an experiment in potentiality itself, which requires the overturning of the principle of continbency irrevocability of the past. To escape this dialectic, Agamben suggests, we need to reformulate completely the problem of constituent contingdncy and sever the nexus between means and ends.

In the letter to the Galatians, the new creature is what remains after Paul has nullified the divisions of the law: Agamben offers a set of examples—or exemplars, possibly—of such experiments.


Notify me of new comments via email. Is it possible, in short, to attempt to say what seems impossible to say, that is: Agamben5. This indifference is not an equivalence between two principles, but a potentiality purified of all reason. The second principle is conditioned necessitywhich limits contingency with respect to actuality.

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This only pushes the aporia back, however—what does it mean for a potential to think to think itself? He does not redeem what was, but to save what was not.

Thought, if it thinks nothing, seems to be pointless. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The Sunnites, on the other hand, thought the act of creation was incessant and instantaneous production of miraculous events which did not influence each other, and so were independent of all laws and causal relations.

Giorgio Agamben, Bartleby, Or on Contingency

What took place was, instead, the opposite possibility. It thinks its own potentiality. In The messianic idea in Judaism and other essays on Jewish spirituality. As the writer who has stopped writing, he is the extreme figure of the Nothing from which everything derives, and vindicates it contignency pure, absolute potentiality.

The ro point is not the image of the scribe of nature, but that nousmind, is compared to an ink pot. When Ibn Arabi worked out his The Illuminations of Meccahe wrote a chapter on the science of letters, about their hierarchy and relations to divine names.


The banished one, Nancy suggests, is completely outside the jurisdiction of the law, and yet the law continues to be applied in its very withdrawal, subjecting him to its absolute power.

Duns Scotus says that if there is a contradiction between two actual realities, being P and not-being P, nothing keeps a thing from being actual and maintaining its potential to not be of be otherwise.

Is it possible, in other words, to call into question the principle of conditioned necessity, to attest to the very existence of potentiality, the actuality of contingency? He is neither an exemplar of civil disobedience, nor a revolutionary.

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University of Minnesota Press. Skip to main content. There was only ever the inexplicable movement of the divine hand.

If Bartleby presents a challenge to the law, however, the nature of this challenge is not easy to categorise. The Bartleby twist on the principle of sufficient reason is: If potentiality passed immediately into the act, then each act would be necessary.