In Homo Sacer, Giorgio Agamben suggests that Herman’s Melville’s ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’ offers the ‘strongest objection against the principle of sovereignty’. As Agamben sees it, refugees pose a limit to the political categories of Melville’s famous story “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” which is a recurrent. From Giorgio Agamben’s Potentialities. The Scribe, or On Creation 1. The Byzantine lexicon Suda describes Aristotle this way: “Aristotle was.

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What took place was, instead, the opposite possibility.

The important point is not the image bartkeby the scribe of nature, but that nousmind, is compared to an ink pot. The three parts of this grapheme represent first the descent of potential Being to the attribute, then the extension of the attribute toward actuality, and finally the descent of actuality toward manifestation.

In contrast, the Cabalists say that the matter creation presupposes is divine potentiality—it is a darkness in God from which the Nothing is eternally produced.

Agamben5. He is also a member of the boundary 2 collective and an Advisory Editor for the Oxford Literary Review. Creation was understood according to the model of thinking; every act of thinking is an act of intelligence, and every act of intelligence is a creation that lets something be. Hence, the mind is not a thing, but a being of pure potential.

Email required Address never made public. The question is, though, why would this hopelessness express itself in this way and not another. This makes it necessary to uphold the principle of conditioned necessity, and why Aristotle has to define the possible potential this way: This only pushes the aporia back, however—what does it mean for a potential to think to think itself? To be a refugee is always only a temporary condition.


The secret at the origin of all creatures is the letter of the alphabet and every letter is a sign that refers to creation. If God has the potential to be, then he also has the potential to not be, which contradicts his eternity.

Literature and Philosophy: Deleuze, Agamben and Rancière reading Melville’s “Bartleby”.

We need to see which laws govern the transition from the possible to the real, or what causes potentiality to exist. And finally, there is a complete potentiality that belongs to someone who has full knowledge of writing in the moment that they are not writing. The Bartleby twist on the principle of sufficient baetleby is: On the other hand, there is also a Jewish polemic against the idea, attributed to philosophers, that it is impossible for God to have created the world from nothing accord to the principle from nothing nothing comes.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. If it thinks something other than itself, it does not matter if it thinks something important or trivial.

Bartleby, Refugee, Sovereignty – The Philosophical Salon

Does it battleby with sovereignty altogether and propose something else? There is sky and there is grass. Contingency is replaced by necessity or impossibility. So thought is linked to the act of writing.

Bartleby, Refugee, Sovereignty

This can be understood by anyone with intelligence, for to say more is prohibited. The question of how something could come from nothing is complicated; upon examination, the Nothing ends up looking like something, though a special kind of something. And if it thinks something, then that something is superior, agaamben the thing would determine it. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


In Paul, it is this mandate from which the Christian has been freed. All potential to be or to do something is also the potential to not be or do something, and without this, all potentiality would be indistinguishable from actuality. It thinks its own potentiality. In his work on De animaAlbert the Great agreed with Averroes who made the potential intellect common to all humans.

The Sunnites, on the other hand, thought the act of creation bartlleby incessant and instantaneous production of miraculous events which did not influence each other, and so were independent of all laws and causal relations.

Letters represent the material vehicle through which the word of God incarnates itself in created things. The Formula, or On Potentiality 1.

Literature and Philosophy: Deleuze, Agamben and Rancière reading Melville’s “Bartleby”.

Maimonides argued for the truth of creation ex nihilo in in Guide for the Perplexed. But surely the most immediate need of the actual refugees is for some political arrangement that would accommodate them. In this theological world, the category of possibility is destroyed: