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Theodore George
Texas A&M University
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The purpose of this essay is to examine Giorgio Agamben’s important but underappreciated debts to the early German Romantics and to Hegel. While maintaining critical distance from these figures, Agamben develops crucial aspects of his approach to radical passivity with reference to them. The focus of this essay is on Agamben’s consideration of the early German Romantics’ notions of criticism and irony, Hegel’s notion of language, and the implications of this view of language for his notion of community.
Keywords inoperativity  passivity  romanticism  Agamben  Schlegel  Hegel
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DOI 10.5840/epoche20111614
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