chapter  7
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Bruno Gullì (2007), 'The Ontology and Politics of Exception: Reflections on the Work of Giorgio Agamben', in Matthew Calarco and Steven DeCaroli (eds), Giorgio Agamben: Sovereignty and Life, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 219-42

Apparently, things are simple: there is, first of all, profane time-to which Paul usually refers with the term chronos-which goes from creation to the messianie event (which, for Paul, is not the birth of lesus, but his resurrection). Here time contracts and begins to end: but this contracted time-to which Paul refers with the expression ho nyn kairos, "the time of now" -lasts until the parousia, the full


242 The Ontology and Politics of Exception

Notes 1. To be consistent with Agamben's thought, we must make sure we under-

stand the phrase "one's own incapacity" as "one's own capacity not to." In Sartre, the category oflack has to do mainly with one's capacity, which of course includes the fundamental capacity of saying "no," the capacity not to, as is particularly evident in so me of his plays, notably Dirty Hands.