What is an apparatus and other essays what is contemporary
The three essays collected in this book offer a succinct introduction to Agamben's recent work through an investigation of Foucault's notion of the apparatus, a meditation on the intimate link of philosophy to friendship, and a reflection on contemporariness, or the singular relation one may have to one's own time. In a text bearing the same name "What is a dispositif? Though philosophy contains the notion of philos , or friend, in its very name, philosophers tend to be very skeptical about friendship. In his second essay, Agamben tries to dispel this skepticism by showing that at the heart of friendship and philosophy, but also at the core of politics, lies the same experience: the shared sensation of being.
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What does it mean to be contemporary? More precisely, it is that relationship with time that adheres to it, through a disjunction and an anachronism. The terms are not synonyms. In his discussion, Agamben attempts to articulate the idea that the contemporary is an ahistorical concept; not a label of periodization, but an existential marker.
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