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The Adventure$
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Giorgio Agamben

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037594

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037594.001.0001

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Event

Event

Chapter:
(p.65) 4 Event
Source:
(p.iii) The Adventure
Author(s):

Giorgio Agamben

, Lorenzo Chiesa
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037594.003.0004

This chapter contends that the event is always an event of language and that adventure is inseparable from the speech that tells it. The being that happens here and now happens to an “I” and, for this reason, is not without relation with language; it is instead defined every time with respect to an instance of enunciation; it is always a “sayable,” which as such demands to be said. For this reason, the one who is involved in the event-adventure is involved and summoned in it as a speaking being, and—following the mandatory rules of the Round Table—must try to tell his adventure. The adventure, which has called him into speech, is being told by the speech of the one it has called and does not exist before this speech.

Keywords:   event, language, speech, event-adventure, speaking beings

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