3, no 4 Agamben quotes

3 out of these 4 function as a summary…

“The categories of modality are not founded on the subject, as Kant maintains, nor are they derived from it; rather, the subject is what is at stake in the processes in which they interact.” p. 147

“The modern meaning of the term “author” appears relatively late. In Latin, auctor originally designates the person who intervenes in the case of a minor (…) in order to grant him the valid title that he requires.” p. 148

To make die and to let live summarizes the procedure of old sovereign power, which exerts itself above all as the right to kill; to make live and to let die is, instead the insignia of biopower, which has as its primary objective to transform the care of life and the biological as such into the concern of State power. In the light of the preceding reflections, a third formula can be said to insinuate itself between the other tow, a formula that defines the most specific trait of twentieth-century biopolitics: not longer either to make die or to make live but to make survive. The decisive activity of biopower in our time consists in the production not of life or death, but rather of a mutable and virtually infinite survival.” p. 155

“Biopower’s supreme ambition is to produce, in a human body, the absolute separation of the living being and the speaking being, zoe and bios, the inhuman and the human — survival.” p. 156

Giorgio Agamben, Remnants of Auschwitz, The Witness and the Archive, Homo Sacer III, Zone Books, NY, 2002.

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