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Dr Timothy Peters
School of Law and Criminology, University of the Sunshine Coast

These reflections consider Giorgio Agamben’s analysis of the will-action-imputation apparatus in Karman: A Brief Treatise on Action, Guilt and Gesture. I seek to situate Agamben’s analysis in this work in the context of 1) the medieval debates over the theologies of will; 2) the significance of these debates for developments of will as central to the Western tradition of jurisprudence; and 3) critical considerations of Agamben’s claim that man is a sabbatical animal in terms of the rendering inoperative of work, action and will. I conclude by attempting to think an alternative form of rendering inoperative of the will-imputation apparatus by drawing on theological conceptions of the doxological or liturgical life.

Dr Timothy D Peters is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the USC Law School, University of the Sunshine Coast, an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Law Futures Centre, Griffith University and President of the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia. His research has two major focuses, examining: the intersections of legal theory, theology and popular culture; and critical theories of the corporation and corporate law from the perspective of political and economic theologies. Tim has been a Managing Editor of the Griffith Law Review (2012-2017) and Secretary of both the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia (2009-2016) and Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (2006-2016). He is currently an editorial board member of the Griffith Law Review, the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law and Springer’s new book series on ‘Law and Visual Jurisprudence’.

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