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The Ethical is a collection of readings on ethics and the nature of morality by some of the most important contemporary philosophers in the continental tradition. Recent attention to ethics in continental thought - often taken to be antithetical to Anglo-American moral philosophy - demonstrates how much these two traditions have in common. The essays in this volume indicate the rich history and contemporary vitality of ethics in continental philosophy. They reflect a variety of currents in continental thought, including phenomenology, genealogy, deconstruction, and discourse ethics. Topics addressed include the status of the moral agent and its constitution or formation, the priority to be assigned to the other in relation to the self, the critique of rigid models of moral reasoning, and the limits of the moral. This is the first anthology of its kind devoted to emphasizing continental ethical philosophy as an important area of study in its own right.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 171 x 247 x 20mm | 562g
  • BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0631215522
  • 9780631215523

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The Ethical is a collection of readings on ethics and the nature of morality by some of the most important contemporary philosophers in the continental tradition.


Recent attention to ethics in continental thought - often taken to be antithetical to Anglo-American moral philosophy - demonstrates how much these two traditions have in common. The essays in this volume indicate the rich history and contemporary vitality of ethics in continental philosophy. They reflect a variety of currents in continental thought, including phenomenology, genealogy, deconstruction, and discourse ethics. Topics addressed include the status of the moral agent and its constitution or formation, the priority to be assigned to the other in relation to the self, the critique of rigid models of moral reasoning, and the limits of the moral.This is the first anthology of its kind devoted to emphasizing continental ethical philosophy as an important area of study in its own right.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction: About the Ethical: Edith Wyschogrod (Rice University) and Gerald P. McKenny (University of Notre Dame).Part I: Phenomenology and Beyond:1. Kantianism and Phenomenology: Steven G. Crowell (Rice University).2. The Original Otherness of the Ego: A Rereading of Descartes's; Meditatio II: Jean-Luc Marion (University of Paris).3. Towards a Postmodern Ethics: Corporeality and Alterity: Edith Wyschogrod (Rice University).4. Phenomenology: Ethics, Value, and the Subject: Charles E. Scott (Pennsylvania State University).Part II: Aporias of Justice:5. Discourse Ethics: William Rehg (Saint Louis University).6. Philosophy and Law: Questioning Justice: Robert Gibbs (University of Toronto).Part III: Analytics of Self-Formation:7. Kristeva's Ethics of Crisis: Art and Abjection, Love and Melancholia: Tina Chanter (De Paul University).8. Toward an Anthropology of Ethics: Foucault and the Pedagogies of Autopoiesis: James D. Faubion (Rice University).Part IV: (Ethics) Beyond the Ethical?9. Against Principles: A Sketch of an Ethics without Ethics: John D. Caputo (Villanova University).10. The Good, the Bad and the Virtual: Ethics in the Age of Information: Mark Poster (University of Californaia at Irvine).11. The Immoralist: Alphonso Lingis (Pennsylvania State University). Name Index. Subject Index.
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"Wyschogrod and McKenny have assembled a splendid collection of essays by the leading theorists of the day in Continentalist ethical thought. Singly, and as a group, these essays make it plain that contemporary Continental philosophy not only has an ethical dimension but that ethics is one of the points in which its full force can really be felt. Justice and alterity are in an important sense what Continental philosophy is all about. The collection will be of enormous help to everyone from students to professors and it will fast become a basic resource for everyone working in this field." John D. Caputo, Villanova University "These essays revisit our most basic categories and traditions of ethical reflection, and they signal quite powerfully the many ways in which ethical life does not end but indeed begins when we suspend the search for foundations and exceed the lawful calculation of duty. Readers will find here a timely and varied challenge to reconsider the role of ethics in postmodern thought." Thomas A. Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara
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About Edith Wyschogrod

Edith Wyschogrod is J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. She is author of several books including An Ethics of Remembering: History, Heterology and the Nameless Others (1998), Saints and Postmodernism: Revisioning Moral Philosophy (1990), Spirit in Ashes: Hegel, Heidegger and Man-Made Mass Death (1985), and Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (1974). Gerald P. McKenny is Associate Professor of Ethics in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of To Relieve the Human Condition: Bioethics, Technology and the Body (1997).
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