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, human free 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 not only draws 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 some of Agamben's core insights while breaking significant new ground.-- Provided by publisher.
"Originally published in Italian in 2017 under the title Karman: breve trattato sull'azione, la colpa e il gesto."
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 87-92) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Causa and culpa Crimen and karman The aporias of the will Beyond action.
K247.6 .A3313 2018
Translation of: Agamben, Giorgio, 1942- Karman. Prima edizione. Torino : Bollati Boringhieri, agosto 2017
Available in Other Form
Online version: Agamben, Giorgio, 1942- Karman. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2018
Karman., English, (DLC)n 2017056862
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2018.