Giorgio Agamben

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Giorgio Agamben ( ə-GAM-bən, Italian: [ˈdʒordʒo aˈɡamben]; born 22 April 1942) is an Italian philosopher best known for his work investigating the concepts of the state of exception, form-of-life (borrowed from Ludwig Wittgenstein) and homo sacer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giorgio Agamben has received more than 1,337,666 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Giorgio Agamben is the 236th most popular philosopher (down from 222nd in 2019), the 640th most popular biography from Italy (down from 573rd in 2019) and the 21st most popular Italian Philosopher.

Giorgio Agamben is most famous for his work on the concept of "homo sacer," which he defines as someone who can be killed without committing a crime.

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Among philosophers, Giorgio Agamben ranks 236 out of 1,267Before him are Carneades, Roger Garaudy, Prodicus, Xenocrates, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, and Cleanthes. After him are Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Chilon of Sparta, Apollodorus of Athens, Milarepa, Ivan Illich, and Ernst Bloch.

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Among people born in 1942, Giorgio Agamben ranks 36Before him are Werner Herzog, Javier Solana, José Eduardo dos Santos, Lou Reed, Ian McShane, and Mohamed ElBaradei. After him are Tobin Bell, Michel Mayor, Giacinto Facchetti, Jacques Rogge, Bob Hoskins, and Jochen Rindt.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giorgio Agamben ranks 640 out of 5,161Before him are Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours (1479), Pope Boniface II (470), Libius Severus (420), Marozia (890), Benozzo Gozzoli (1420), and Vittorio Gassman (1922). After him are Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Luca Signorelli (1450), Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1549), Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (1701), Luigi Riva (1944), and Statius (40).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Giorgio Agamben ranks 21Before him are Giambattista Vico (1668), Hippasus (-600), Cesare Beccaria (1738), Benedetto Croce (1866), Julius Evola (1898), and Marsilius of Padua (1275). After him are Theano (-600), Alcmaeon of Croton (-510), Antonio Negri (1933), Giovanni Gentile (1875), Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484), and Aristoxenus (-360).