Rebellion: A Note on Agamben's Reception of Dostoevsky in The Open

Olga Solovieva


"In ...the opening chapter of The Open: Man and Animal, Giorgio Agamben makes a rather puzzling reference to Dostoevsky in a discussion of an illumination from a manuscript of a Hebrew Bible in the Ambrosian Library in Milan....Whether it is ironic, or merely a slip of memory, Agamben’s reference immediately disturbs the promise of Isaian reconciliation set out at the beginning of the book. But it is precisely through this disturbance that Agamben’s project in The Open acquires its ultimate ethical relevance."

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