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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Agamben reading group

2nd March 2017, 17:00, A56, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

The Use of Bodies is possibly Agamben's master work, concluding his famous Homo Sacer series. Moving from early Greek philosophy to the present, from Plato and Aristotle, through Paul and the Church Fathers, scholasticism, Leibniz and Spinoza, to Heidegger, Debord and Foucault, the book asks the following questions: What are bodies? What is at stake philosophically in the exploitation of our own bodies and those of others? How are bodies affected by our habits, our care, our mastery of techniques? How might thought about human potentiality and life be reinvigorated by a new conception of bodies and their uses? Because Agamben's thought ranges so widely, the group aims to bring together colleagues and postgraduates from MLAC and other departments to collectively read this fascinating and complex text.

The reading for 2 March is Part III, Chapters 1 to 4.

Contact luke.sunderland@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.