Meant as a first step toward such a theory giorgio agambens latest book looks at how civil war was conceived of at two crucial moments in the history of western thought in ancient athens from which the political concept of stasis emerges and later in the work of thomas hobbes. We can no longer speak of a state of war in any traditional sense yet there is currently no viable theory to account for the manifold internal conflicts or civil wars that increasingly afflict the worlds populations meant as a first step toward such a theory giorgio agambens latest book looks . It is generally acknowledged that a theory of civil war is completely lacking today yet this absence does not seem to concern jurists and political scientists too much roman schnur who formulated this diagnosis as early as the 1980s nonetheless added that the disregard of civil war went hand in hand with the advance of global civil war . Giorgio agamben stasis civil war as a political paradigm stanford ca stanford university press 2015 75 pp civil war is the dark shadow the evil twin the disturbing doppelganger of ancient and modern politics. Agamben giorgio 2015 stasis civil war as a political paradigm homo sacer ii 2 stanford stanford university press stasis the ambivalence of the stasis according to loraux is thus attributable to the ambiguity of the oikos with which is it consubstantial civil war is the stasis emphylos it is the conflict particular to the phylon
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