Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty

David Kishik

Assistant Professor (2013)

B.A. Haifa University
M.A. New School for Social Research
Ph.D. New School for Social Research

David Kishik

David's work focuses on the philosophy of life. He is the author of To Imagine a Form of Life, a series of books that looks for ways in which the notion of life intersects with other fundamental concepts in diverse fields.

The first volume, Wittgenstein's Form of Life (Continuum, 2008), deals with the relationship between language and life throughout Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought. The second, The Power of Life: Agamben and the Coming Politics (Stanford University Press, 2011), revolves around the connections between life and politics in the writings of Giorgio Agamben. The third, unfinished installment is an imaginary sequel to Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project. Dedicated to New York, capital of the twentieth century, it traces the bond between the modern city and modern life.

David is also the co-translator of Agamben's What Is an Apparatus? (Stanford UP, 2009) and Nudities (Stanford UP, 2010). Before joining Emerson College he was a fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.




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