Giorgio Agamben

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Giorgio Agamben (; Italian: [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 898,493 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Giorgio Agamben is the 196th most popular philosopher (up from 271st in 2019), the 463rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 670th in 2019) and the 17th 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 196 out of 1,089Before him are Hans Kelsen, Xun Kuang, Jean-François Lyotard, Proclus, Diogenes of Apollonia, and Nicolas Malebranche. After him are Pierre Gassendi, Apollonius of Tyana, Benjamin Constant, Rudolf Carnap, Moses Mendelssohn, and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite.

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Among people born in 1942, Giorgio Agamben ranks 24Before him are Scatman John, Dino Zoff, Michael Haneke, Brian Wilson, Brian Jones, and Ted Kaczynski. After him are Calvin Klein, Werner Herzog, Daniel Barenboim, Ian McShane, Ehud Barak, and Lou Reed.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giorgio Agamben ranks 463 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Sergius IV (970), Umberto Boccioni (1882), Queen Paola of Belgium (1937), Britannicus (41), Fabio Capello (1946), and Carlo Ponti (1912). After him are Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909), Pope John XIV (1000), Pontormo (1494), Damocles (null), Renzo Piano (1937), and Bohemond I of Antioch (1054).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Giorgio Agamben ranks 17Before him are Boethius (480), Bonaventure (1221), Tommaso Campanella (1568), Giambattista Vico (1668), Marsilio Ficino (1433), and Cesare Beccaria (1738). After him are Benedetto Croce (1866), Hippasus (-600), Julius Evola (1898), Marsilius of Padua (1275), Aristoxenus (-360), and Alcmaeon of Croton (-510).