Agamben's Foucault: An overview

Anke Snoek*

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This article gives an overview of the influence of the work of Michel Foucault on the philosophy of Agamben. Discussed are Foucault's influence on the Homo Sacer cycle, on (the development) of Agamben's notion of power (and on his closely related notion of freedom and art of life), as well as on Agamben's philosophy of language and methodology. While most commentaries focus on Agamben's interpretation of Foucault's concept of bio-power, his work also contains many interesting references to Foucault on freedom and possibilities - and I think that it is here that Foucault's influence on Agamben is most deeply felt. This article focuses on the shifts Agamben takes while looking for the Entwicklungsfähigkeit in the work of Foucault.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-67
Number of pages24
JournalFoucault Studies
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • Agamben
  • Art of life
  • Entwicklungsfähigkeit
  • Foucault
  • Freedom


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