|On Giorgio Agamben's Profanations
translated by Jorge Jauregui
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Jacques Lacan's Anxiety (II)
The Formulas of
On Giorgio Agamben's
The Fundamental Perversion
Agamben defines religion as the sphere of separation: consequently every kind of separation seems to be religious. His rationale roughly follows that of Walter Benjamin, who declared that the religion of our times was capitalism, and that capitalism has raised the category of separation to its utmost degree of perfection. Capitalist nihilism is a religious cult of the purest kind - formal - its contents being the empty forms of separation and sacredness. We may easily surmise where he is leading us: profanation is the logical solution to the hegemonic curse of the commodity; the pure and empty form of separation - sacrare - rules among men. Still we will run up against a difficulty.
Art: Blake Rayne - Untitled 31 (December 18, 1999) - oil on canvas, 2006
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