Passive Resistance: Giorgio Agamben and the Bequest of Early German Romanticism Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this essay is to examine Giorgio Agambens important but underappreciated debts to the early German Romantics and to Hegel. While maintaining critical distance from these figures, Agamben develops crucial aspects of his approach to radical passivity with reference to them. The focus of this essay is on Agambens consideration of the early German Romantics notions of criticism and irony, Hegels notion of language, and the implications of this view of language for his notion of community.

published proceedings

  • Epoch A Journal for the History of Philosophy

author list (cited authors)

  • George, T. D.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • George, Theodore D

publication date

  • January 2011