A body can exist without imputability: this is the first case we will make. Imputability can exist without a body: this is the second case.
We will suggest the possibility of a third case, which is the existence of imputability in relation to a body.
Imputability is the condition of the relationship, of every (universal) relationship.
- The body without imputability
The first case relates to Medicine and it is easily and immediately understood: illness, which is the physician’s responsibility, is not a sanction but an effect as is the possible medical recovery. It is perhaps precisely because of the body’s constitutional lack of imputability during medical treatment that we yearn more and more for a future social order which would no longer be medical or organic, as in the past, but biomedical.
We will move onto the second and third case in a little while after a brief digression to describe the development of my research over the years. I began to formulate my research in 1976 when I started to link Hans Kelsen’s work with Sigmund Freud’s. I eventually came to the conclusion that the theme of Freud’s work as well as Kelsen’s is imputability, namely, the connection between a condition and a sanction, or in other words the distinction, in science and experience, between causality and imputability. …
Translated by Elisabetta Passinetti and Elena Benzoni.
Revised by Luca Flabbi and Rosanna Pediconi
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