By Giorgio Agamben
It is to those questions that Agamben's new ebook turns via an impassioned examining of the attention-grabbing and big phenomenon of Western monasticism from Pachomius to St. Francis. The ebook reconstructs intimately the lifetime of the priests with their obsessive realization to temporal articulation and to the rule of thumb, to ascetic thoughts and to liturgy. yet Agamben's thesis is that the real novelty of monasticism lies no longer within the confusion among lifestyles and norm, yet within the discovery of a brand new size, during which "life" as such, probably for the 1st time, is affirmed in its autonomy, and during which the declare of the "highest poverty" and "use" demanding situations the legislations in ways in which we needs to nonetheless grapple with today.
How do we imagine a form-of-life, that's, a human existence published from the grip of legislations, and a use of our bodies and of the realm that by no means turns into an appropriation? How do we imagine existence as whatever no longer topic to possession yet just for universal use?