When one reads this early example of “potentiality” in the light of the later writings of Giorgio Agamben, one can grasp his main opposition to Carl Schmitt.
Hans Blumenberg ridiculed both Schmitt and Hegel for hypostasizing a logical necessity into the existence of a secularized Person-God.10 In the same vein, Agamben no longer focuses on who makes the decision, but rather on the creation of a spectral life – a meaning) to a supposedly determinate mourning (the death of a family member or, most iconically, the sovereign)11.
a “constitutive” and a “constituted” force or power.
Importantly the “I can,” of which Agamben says it might be the “hardest and bitterest experience possible,” emerges precisely here, as the example of Akhmatova amply demonstrates.
The “I can” and Agamben’s “potentiality” set out to think this unthinkable.