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Contra Iurem

Contra Iurem

Giorgio Agamben’s Two Ontologies

(p.234) 9 Contra Iurem
Administering Interpretation
Laurent de Sutter
Fordham University Press

Giorgio Agamben’s celebrated research in the field of legal ontology has led him to devise a distinction between an ontology of being and an ontology of command—two traditions he divided that Western philosophy has always presented as united. But, behind this division and the supersedence of one ontology over the other, Agamben has himself fallen into the trap he wanted to avoid and actually given back to philosophy what it wanted to take from law but had always been a part of philosophy. Another path should be chosen: a path away from “being” as well as “ought-to-be”—the path of maybe. This is what this chapter will argue.

Keywords:   Agamben, law, maybe, ontology of being, ontology of command

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