Bare life and health terror

Giorgio Agamben on the politics of the pandemic
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October 2021, no. 436

Bare life and health terror

Giorgio Agamben on the politics of the pandemic
by
October 2021, no. 436

In the allegory of the cave, Plato hypothesised the birth of the philosopher as one who emerged from the darkness of illusion into the light of truth. In the dark days of the Covid-19 pandemic, philosophers are finding a platform, mostly in the press, indicative perhaps that we need an interpretation of what is happening around us beyond that offered by the media and daily conferences. As with Plato’s philosopher, what they have brought back is not necessarily what we wanted to hear, and some have been threatened with pariah-like status for views that sometimes run counter to the prescribed consensus. This was certainly the case with Italian political philosopher Giorgio Agamben.

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Comment (1)

  • The essay is interesting in opening the uncovered sides of the policies of governments and helps us to understand better these policies and how to decrease the negative effects of Covid restrictions. But one point remains unlcear: an alternative way of fighting the pandemic.
    Posted by Iradj Nabavi-Tabrizi
    01 October 2021

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