The Highest Poverty

The Highest Poverty

Monastic Rules and Form-of-life

eBook - 2013
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What is a rule, if it appears to become confused with life? And what is a human life, if, in every one of its gestures, of its words, and of its silences, it cannot be distinguished from the rule? It is to these questions that Agamben's new book turns by means of an impassioned reading of the fascinating and massive phenomenon of Western monasticism from Pachomius to St. Francis. The book reconstructs in detail the life of the monks with their obsessive attention to temporal articulation and to the Rule, to ascetic techniques and to liturgy. But Agamben's thesis is that the true novelty of monasticism lies not in the confusion between life and norm, but in the discovery of a new dimension, in which "life" as such, perhaps for the first time, is affirmed in its autonomy, and in which the claim of the "highest poverty" and "use" challenges the law in ways that we must still grapple with today.
Publisher: Stanford, California :, Stanford University Press,, 2013
ISBN: 9780804786744
0804786747
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 157 pages)
Additional Contributors: Kotsko, Adam - Translator

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