Where Are We Now? 
The Epidemic as Politics



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An on-the-spot study of the link between power and knowledge.

––Christopher Caldwell, New York Times

Fear makes thinking harder. Yet there is an urgent need to think, and to question every aspect of our current situation. The philosopher, which Agamben truly embodies, is a figure that must be heeded.

––Nina Power

Agamben is right that our rulers will use every opportunity to consolidate their power, especially in times of crisis. That coronavirus is being exploited to strengthen mass-surveillance infrastructure is no secret.

––Marco d'Eramo, New Left Review

A fascinating intervention on the encroaching state of biosecurity we are witnessing before our very eyes.

––Colby Dickinson, Loyola University Chicago

In this volume, the renowned Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has collected all of his fierce, passionate, and deeply personal interventions regarding the current health emergency.

Alongside and beyond accusations, these texts variously reflect upon the great transformation affecting Western democracies. In the name of biosecurity and health, the model of bourgeois democracy–together with its rights, parliaments, and constitutions–is everywhere surrendering to a new despotism where citizens seem to accept unprecedented limitations to their freedoms.

This leads to the urgency of the volume’s title: Where Are We Now? For how long will we accept living in a constantly extended state of exception, the end of which remains impossible to see?



1. The Invention of an Epidemic
2. Contagion
3. Clarifications
4. Where Are We Now?
5. Reflections on the Plague
6. The Epidemic Shows That the State of Exception Has Become the Rule
7. Social Distancing
8. A Question
9. Bare Life
10. New Reflections
11. On Truth and Falsity
12. Medicine as Religion
13. Biosecurity and Politics
14. Polemos Epidemios
15. Requiem for the Students
16. Two Infamous Terms
17. Law and Life
18. State of Emergency and State of Exception
19. The Face and the Mask
20. What Is Fear?
21. On the Time to Come
22. Bare Life and the Vaccine
23. Philosophy of Contact
24. War and Peace
25. Gaia and Chthonia