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The Adventure

Giorgio Agamben

Abstract

This book charts a journey that ranges from poems of chivalry to philosophy, from Yvain to Hegel, from Beatrice to Heidegger. An ancient legend identifies Demon, Chance, Love, and Necessity as the four gods who preside over the birth of every human being. We must all pay tribute to these deities and should not try to elude or dupe them. To accept them, the book suggests, is to live one's life as an adventure—not in the trivial sense of the term, with lightness and disenchantment, but with the understanding that adventure, as a specific way of being, is the most profound experience in our human ... More

Keywords: Chivalry, Demon, Chance, Love, Necessity, human being, birth, human existence, adventure, Hope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037594
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037594.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giorgio Agamben, author