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Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677887

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.001.0001

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The Exemplary Plane

The Exemplary Plane

(p.139) The Exemplary Plane

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter cites historical examples of life that thrive on the suspension of law’s relation to language, explaining how a life that is marked by the singularity of an exceptional situation pretend to exhibit the sense of belonging to a class. It focuses on Giorgio Agamben’s essay What Is a Paradigm?, which analyzes the role of homo sacer and the musselman in establishing a broader historical-problematic context. The chapter concludes with a clarification to the meaning of “paradigm”, in which Agamben and Michel Foucault suggest that it is a definitive methodological tool in any archaeological investigation that is concerned with the politics of epistemology.

Keywords:   language, Giorgio Agamben, What Is a Paradigm, homo sacer, musselman, historical-problematic context, paradigm, Michel Foucault

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