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Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life

The Italian philosopher, Giorgio Agamben’s book Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, decribes individuals who exist in the law as exiles. There is, he thinks, a paradox: It is only because of the law that society can recognize the individual as homo sacer, and so the law that mandates the exclusion is also what gives the individual an identity(1).

A PDF of his book is available online.

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