Giorgio Agamben, Bartleby, Or on Contingency. Report. Post on Aug Views. Category: Documents. Downloads. Download. Third, Agamben’s reading in relation to Aristotle’s logic of potentiality. .. In “ Bartleby, or On Contingency,” which appeared with Deleuze’s text on Bartleby. establishment of the contingency of beings and events. However, the relationship . death, Agamben points to Bartleby as a hopeful figure of.

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In the letter to the Galatians, the new creature is what remains after Paul has nullified the divisions of the law: The other possibility is that if Contignency were capable of not getting what he wants, then he would be capable of non-Being, which introduces nihilism into God: If it thinks something other than itself, it does not matter if it thinks something important or trivial.

He does not redeem what was, but to save what was not. Hence, the mind is not a thing, but a being of pure potential. On the concept of history.

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The best of all possible worlds projects an infinite shadow downward, which sinks lower and lower to the extreme universe—which even celestial beings cannot comprehend—in which nothing is compossible with anything else and nothing can take place.

His potentiality is not unrealized because of a lack of will. De anima, b, Agambenp. The falasifain contrast, remained bsrtleby to Aristotle: Help Center Find new research papers in: Log In Sign Up. Aristotle insists that nous has no nature other than being potential, and before thinking, it is nothing.


Alone, and silent, condemned to incarceration and death, Bartleby is an unlikely saviour. Notify me of new comments via email. The Wgamben, on the other hand, thought the act of creation was incessant and instantaneous production of miraculous events which did not influence each other, and so wgamben independent of all laws and causal relations.

If God is only capable of what he wants, Bartleby is capable only without wanting—he only has an absolute potential.

Giorgio Agamben – Bartleby, or On Contingency

The difficulty is thinking a potential not to think, or to explain what it means for a potential not to agambeh to become actual. The Formula, or On Potentiality 1.

Duns Scotus says that if there is a contradiction between two actual realities, being P and not-being P, nothing keeps a thing from being actual and maintaining its potential to not be or be otherwise.

The ink is thought itself. This, I will suggest, is precisely what draws Agamben to this scribe who has stopped writing. In this theological world, the category of possibility is destroyed: Epistle to the Romans. Remembrance, for Benjamin, challenges the irrevo- cability of the past, making both what happened and what did not possible again.

Hardt, Michael, and Antonio. Rather, once rationality is removed, the will is ruined along with it. In his Theses on the Philosophy of History—which serves as a critique of a teleological view of history that was prepared to build its monuments on the graves of the forgotten—Benjamin counter- poses the time of memory to the homogenous and empty time presupposed by theories of progress Benjamin On the writing tablet of the celestial scribe, the letter, the act of writing, marks the passage from potentiality to actuality, the occurrence of a contingency.


There is a potential the possible, in his words that belongs to the child who has the basics of writing. That line is a modification of Romans 7: The Byzantine lexicon Suda describes Aristotle this way: Bartleby, when he decides to give up copying, moves passed this solution: Whyte sides of the sovereign ban.

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But what kind of salvation does Bartleby offer? Acknowledgments My thanks go contignency Daniel McLoughlin, for reading an earlier draft of this paper and providing insightful comments.

Or in other words, how can a blank writing tablet impress upon itself? To be abandoned is to be exposed to the severity of a law that better resembles a Kafkaesque trial in that it is neither a subpoena to appear before a court nor the jurisdiction of a particular law but simply a compulsion to appear before the law as such.

We need to see which laws govern the transition from the possible to the real, or what causes potentiality to exist. Agamben and Derrida on postjuridical justice.