Requiring no prior knowledge of the series, Colby Dickinson provides a guide to understanding why Agamben's Homer Sacer series is one of the most significant philosophical texts of the past century. He explores key concepts including sovereignty, potentiality, form-of-life, the state of exception, inoperativity, glory and the messianic as they appear and reappear throughout the series.
About the Author
Colby Dickinson is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of Theological Poverty in Continental Philosophy: After Christian Theology (Bloomsbury, 2021), Theology and Contemporary Continental Philosophy: The Centrality of a Negative Dialectics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), Continental Philosophy and Theology (Brill, 2018), Words Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of Representation (Fordham University Press, 2016), Between the Canon and the Messiah: The Structure of Faith in Contemporary Continental Thought (Bloomsbury, 2013), Agamben and Theology (T&T Clark, 2011). He is co-author of Agamben's Coming Philosophy: Finding a New Use for Theology with Adam Kotsko (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). He is also the co-editor of The Challenge of God: Continental Philosophy and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Agamben and the Existentialists (Edinburgh University Press, 2021).