Karman: A Brief Treatise on Action, Guilt, and Gesture (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics) (Paperback)

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By Giorgio Agamben, Adam Kotsko (Translator)
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What does it mean to be responsible for our actions? In this brief and elegant study, Giorgio Agamben traces our most profound moral intuitions back to their roots in the sphere of law and punishment. Moral accountability, free human agency, and even the very concept of cause and effect all find their origin in the language of the trial, which Western philosophy and theology both transform into the paradigm for all of human life. In his search for a way out of this destructive paradigm, Agamben draws not only on minority opinions within the Western tradition but engages at length with Buddhist texts and concepts for the first time. In sum, Karman deepens and rearticulates of some of Agamben's core insights while breaking significant new ground.

About the Author

Giorgio Agamben is a contemporary Italian philosopher and political theorist whose works have been translated into numerous languages. His most recent title with Stanford University Press is The Omnibus Homo Sacer (2017).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781503605824
ISBN-10: 1503605825
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 120
Language: English
Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics