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Giorgio Agamben: When the House is on Fire

“Nothing I’m doing makes any sense if the house is on fire.” Yet even when the house is on fire it is necessary to continue as before, to do everything with care and precision, perhaps even more so than before—even if no one notices. Perhaps life itself will disappear from the face of the earth, perhaps no memory whatsoever will remain of what has been done, for better or for worse. But you continue as before, it is too late to change, there is no time anymore.

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Giorgio Agamben: Requiem for the Students

A translation of a short intervention by Giorgio Agamben on the blog Diario della crisi at the website of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici. As in many of his recent writings, Agamben refers specifically to developments in Italy.

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#COVID19: Translating a pandemic politically (3)

The new experience that has replaced dignified suffering is artificially prolonged, opaque, depersonalized maintenance.

Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis
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