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Frost, T. The dispositif between Foucault and Agamben
(2019) Law, Culture and the Humanities, 15 (1), pp. 151-171.

DOI: 10.1177/1743872115571697

This article interrogates the specter of resistance in the writings of Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault, arguing they open up divergent ways of theorizing resistance to power. This article’s focus is on both philosophers’ use and interpretation of the dispositif, or apparatus, which controls and orders subjects, and which is the target for forms of resistance. Whereas for Foucault resistance is a practice existing as a transcendent possibility for any individual, Agamben reads such transcendent forms of resistance as ultimately reinforcing the control of the dispositif, arguing that only a turn to ontology and immanent politics can resistance be meaningful. © The Author(s) 2015.

Author Keywords
Agamben; Dispositif; Foucault; Immanence; Life; Resistance; Transcendence

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