Prof. Giorgio Agamben © privat
Giorgio Agamben (b. 1942 in Rome) studied Literature and Philosophy on the side while studying Law in Rome. What actually made him decide in favour of Philosophy were two seminars with Martin Heidegger in the summers of 1966 and 1968 after he graduated in Law. As well as Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin were important points of reference in Agamben’s thinking. As editor of the Italian edition of Walter Benjamin’s writings he found a series of his manuscripts that were believed lost.
Since the late Eighties Agamben has mainly been involved with political philosophy. He has been a guest professor in universities in Paris, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Irvine, among others, and is now Professor of Aesthetics at the Facolta di Design e Arti of the Iuav University in Venice.
Stanzen. Das Wort und das Phantasma in der abendländischen Kultur, Suhrkamp 2005
Die Sprache und der Tod. Ein Seminar über den Ort der Negativität, Suhrkamp 2007
Signatura rerum. Zur Methode, Suhrkamp 2009
Die Macht des Denkens, S. Fischer 2013