Remnants of Auschwitz : The Witness and the Archive, Paperback

Remnants of Auschwitz : The Witness and the Archive Paperback

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In this book the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben looks closely at the literature of the survivors of Auschwitz, probing the philosophical and ethical questions raised by their testimony."In its form, this book is a kind of perpetual commentary on testimony.

It did not seem possible to proceed otherwise. At a certain point, it became clear that testimony contained at its core an essential lacuna; in other words, the survivors bore witness to something it is impossible to bear witness to.

As a consequence, commenting on survivors' testimony necessarily meant interrogating this lacuna or, more precisely, attempting to listen to it.

Listening to something absent did not prove fruitless work for this author.

Above all, it made it necessary to clear away almost all the doctrines that, since Auschwitz, have been advanced in the name of ethics."--Giorgio Agamben


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, Ill.
  • Publisher: Zone Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9781890951177



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The third volume of Homo Sacer, and an almost unmatched essay on the limits of the human in the context of the Holocaust. One feels like this is the book Heildegger should have written, except for the part where he was a Nazi. Although Agamben never mentions Lacan, he does seem to be writing in opposition to some of Lacan's ideas about language.

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