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Some Observations on the Turkel Report and the Investigation of Wrongdoing by the Armed Forces

mars 13, 2013

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The long awaited Turkel report which examines Israel’s practice of investigating allegations of wrongdoing during armed conflict by its security personnel was published in early February 2013.  The report (see original in Hebrew and an English translation) was issued by an expert Commission established by the Israeli government in June 2010 and headed by Jacob Turkel, a former […]

extracts from RECLAIMING HUMAN RIGHTS

september 17, 2011

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Robin Blackburn New Left Review Review of Samuel Moyn, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History Belknap: London and Cambridge, MA 2010, hardback 352 pp, 978 0 674 04872 0 Thus the first writer to issue an unequivocal denunciation of slavery was George Wallace in a chapter devoted to the question in his book A […]

from Homo sacer / bare life in modern democracy

april 3, 2011

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Agamben, p. 13 If anything characterizes modern democracy as opposed to classical democracy, then, it is that modern democracy presents itself from the beginning as a vindication and liberation of zoē, and that it is constantly trying to transform its own bare life into a way of life and to find, so to speak, the […]

from Homo sacer / concept of homo sacer in Roman Law

april 3, 2011

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Agamben, p. 12 The protagonist of this book is bare life, that is, the life of homo sacer (sacred man), who may be killed and yet not sacrificed, and whose essential function in modern politics we intend to assert. An obscure figure of archaic Roman law, in which human life is included in the juridical […]

Homo sacer – bare life/political existence, zoē/bios, exclusion/inclusion

april 3, 2011

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Agamben, p. 12 If this is true, it will be necessary to reconsider the sense of the Aristotelian definition of the polis as the opposition between life (zēn) and good life (eu zēn). The opposition is, in fact, at the same time an implication of the first in the second, of bare life in politically […]

Homo sacer / Foucault – technologies of the self

april 3, 2011

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Agamben, p. 11 One of the most persistent features of Foucault’s work is its decisive abandonment of the traditional approach to the problem of power, which is based on juridico-institutional models (the definition of sovereignty, the theory of the State), in favor of an unprejudiced analysis of the concrete ways in which power penetrates subjects’ […]

from Homo sacer / the refugee

april 3, 2011

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Agamben, p.78 The concept of the refugee, (and the figure of life that this concept represents) must be resolutely separated from the concept of the rights of man, and we must seriously consider Arend’s claim that the fates of human rights and the nation-state are bound together such that the decline and crisis of the […]