Giorgio Agamben

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Giorgio Agamben (1942) is one of the leading figures in Italian philosophy and radical political theory, and in recent years, his work has had a deep impact on contemporary scholarship in a number of disciplines in the Anglo-American intellectual world. He is best known for his work investigating the concepts of the state of exception, form-of-life and homo sacer. The concept of biopolitics (borrowed from Michel Foucault) informs many of his writings. His influences include Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault.


(in Italian unless noted otherwise)

  • L'uomo senza contenuto, Milano: Rizzoli, 1970; 2nd ed., Macerata: Quodlibet, 1994.
    • The Man without Content, trans. Georgia Albert, 1999. (English)
  • Stanze. La parola e il fantasma nella cultura occidentale, Torino: Einaudi, 1977.
    • Word and Phantasm in Western Culture, trans. Ronald L. Martinez, 1992. (English)
  • Il linguaggio e la morte. Un seminario sul luogo della negatività, Torino: Einaudi, 1982; 2008.
  • Mezzi senza fine. Note sulla politica, Turin: Bollati Boringhieri, 1996; 2008.
  • Image et mémoire, trans. Marco Dell’Omodarme, Suzanne Doppelt, Daniel Loayza and Gilles A. Tiberghien, Desclée de Brouwer; Paris: Hoëbeke 1998; repr. as Image et mémoire. Écrits sur l’image, la danse et le cinéma, 2nd ed., Paris 2004. Based on essays published previously and coferences. (French)
  • Genius, Rome: Nottetempo, 2004.
  • Il Regno e la Gloria. Per una genealogia teologica dell'economia e del governo (Homo Sacer 2), 2007.
    • The Kingdom and the Glory. For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government (Homo Sacer II, 2)', Stanford University Press, 2011. (English)
  • Pilato e Gesù, Rome: Nottetempo, 2013.
  • Il fuoco e il racconto, Rome: Nottetempo, 2014.
    • Le Feu et le récit, trans. Martin Rueff, Paris: Rivages, 2015, 160 pp. (French)
    • The Fire and the Tale, trans. Lorenzo Chiesa, Stanford University Press, 2017. (English)
  • Che cos'è la filosofia?, Macerata: Quodlibet, 2016.



  • Matthew Calarco, Steven DeCaroli (eds.), Giorgio Agamben: Sovereignty and Life, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007.
  • Leland de la Durantaye, Giorgio Agamben: A Critical Introduction, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009. (English)
  • Justin Clemens, Nicholas Heron and Alex Murray (eds.), The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life, 2009, PDF. (English)
  • Henrik Gustafsson and Asbjørn Grønstad (eds.), Cinema and Agamben: ethics, biopolitics and the moving image, Bloomsbury, 2014. (English)