All Title Author
Keywords Abstract

The Notion of “Device” in Giorgio Agamben

DOI: 10.4236/aasoci.2019.91004, PP. 47-59

Keywords: Device, Foucault, Agamben, Power, Politics, Anthropological Machine

Full-Text   Cite this paper   Add to My Lib


The device was one of the most revolutionary concepts formulated by Michel Foucault for the study of ideologies and systems of thought. Despite this, it was not defined by the French philosopher. Recently, a refreshing of the idea has been developed by the Italian Giorgio Agamben, for whom the notion of device is associated with the political space and the legal system of the governed, where models of control and pollution models remind us that we were once something different from what we are today. This article presents the notion of a device as everything that facilitates the recognition of the human, using, for this, subjectivity. It is the image of the subject in the car, in the bar, in the school, in the economy, in politics, etc., those that delineate and legitimize the constitutive features of a subject that feeds from itself. The subject is reflected in the device, and it guides and defines it.


[1]  Agamben, G. (1998). Homo sacer. El poder soberano y la nuda vida [Homo Sacer. The Sovereign Power and the Naked Life]. Valencia: Pretextos.
[2]  Agamben, G. (2001). Medios sin fin. Notas sobre la política [Endless Means. Notes on the Policy]. Valencia: Pretextos.
[3]  Agamben, G. (2005). Lo abierto. El hombre y el animal [The Open. The Man and the Animal]. Valencia: Pretextos.
[4]  Agamben, G. (2007). Qu’estce qu’un dispositif? [What Is a Device?]. Paris: éditions Payot & Rivages.
[5]  Agamben, G. (2008). El reino y la gloria. Homo sacer II [The Kingdom and the Glory. Homo Sacer II]. Buenos Aires: Adriana Hidalgo.
[6]  Foucault, M. (1970). Arqueología del saber [Archeology of Power]. México: Siglo XXI.
[7]  Foucault, M. (1973). El orden del discurso [The Order of the Speech]. Barcelona: Tusquets.
[8]  Foucault, M. (1976). Vigilar y castigar. Nacimiento de la prisión [Watch out and Punish. Birth of the Prison]. Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI.
[9]  Foucault, M. (1977a). Historia de la sexualidad (Vol. 1) [History of Sexuality (Vol. 1)]. México: Siglo XXI.
[10]  Foucault, M. (1977b) El juego de Michel Foucault (Interview). Ornicar, 62-93, and Michel Foucault, Dits et écrits II, Quarto-Gallimard, París, 2001.
[11]  Foucault, M. (1984). El juego de Michel Foucault. En Saber y verdad [The Game of Michel Foucault. In Knowledge and Truth]. Madrid: La Piqueta.


comments powered by Disqus