A General Theory of Property (2012)
This book proposes a new theory of property that attempts to situate the coexistence of private, communal and common property in the western and post-colonial traditions by considering universal and general aspects of property rights. By considering both tangible/landed property and its practical antithesis in intellectual property, this jurisprudential project seeks to understand how property can be defined and ownership justified within a coherent set of rules. Building upon the work of Hegel and Locke, this book is of value to scholars of land rights, particularly in relation to indigenous people, and the reform of patent and copyright law.
Lex Naturalis, Ius Naturalis (2010)
Lex Naturalis presents a unique theory of law. The work is structured as a series of interrelated essays which, taken together, constitute a new theory of law. The work argues: First, that positive law and natural law are complementary, not competing. Second, that normative inference (is-to-ought) can be a logically valid form or reasoning. Thus, the work presents resolutions to the two leading questions of contemporary legal theory. The work addresses classical questions of the relationship between positive and natural law, normative inferencing, and social contract theory, as well as providing a friendly critique of contemporary legal theorists, notably Professor Duncan Kennedy. (By Dr Eric Engle and edited by Dr Aron Ping D'Souza)
Special Protections: The Ethics of Copyright and Aboriginal Iconography (2008)
Special Protections interrogates the place of indigenous iconography within the liberal Australian Commonwealth. It seeks to determine if Aboriginal iconography, that being expressions of folklore imbued with a spiritual dimension, should be protected beyond the scope of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Using this intellectual framework, this book comes to an ethical conclusion through the theology and political writings of John Locke. This ethical conclusion is given practical legal standing by considering it in regards to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and state-level laws, eg, Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic), Racial Vilification Act 1996 (SA), Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic).
The Art of Time: Toward a Fundamental Grammar of the Cinematic (2007)
With potential applications in economics, physiology, number theory and, most evidently, film theory: The Art of Time is an application of information system theory to sets of moving images. Building upon the foundations set by Pier Pasolini in the discipline of semiotics and through the methodology of Umberto Eco, The Art of Time through careful consideration of a range of image and information theories arrives at a fundamental grammar of the moving image, capable of being expressed mathematically. This book demonstrates that the condition of the cinematic found in any visual text can expressed through a generalisable formula, rationalised through number theory, algebra and geometry. Drawing upon a discipline pioneered by Claude Shannon and elucidated by Giles Deleuze, The Art of Time concludes with one powerful expression that unifies the analysis of the condition of the visual with three-dimensional space.