Ethics and Politics After Poststructuralism

This groundbreaking book offers a fresh and innovative perspective on ethics and politics after poststructuralism.

Ethics and Politics After Poststructuralism

What would political thought look like without the foundation of ethics? Drawing on the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy, Madeleine Fagan puts forward a radical and far-reaching refusal of foundational ethics. She proposes that politics isn't built on ethics, where the two are separate things: politics and ethics are actually inseparable. The 'ethical' should not be understood as a label; it does not mean 'good' or it is not an evaluation or guide. Rather, both the ethical and the political are descriptions of the context in which we find ourselves. Fagan shows us how it has become necessary to rethink the relationship between ethics and politics, based on how we practice both. In doing so, she overturns a series of common assumptions about poststructuralist ethics. It brings together an exploration of the ethical and political thought of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy for the first time. It provides an advanced introduction to poststructuralist ethical thought in politics and international relations. It focuses on the practical political implications of poststructuralist thought.

After Poststructuralism

The volume ranges across the birth of postmodernism, the differing traditions of France, Germany and Italy, third generation critical theory, radical democracy, postcolonial philosophy, the turn to ethics, feminist philosophies, the ...

After Poststructuralism

The end of the Cold War revitalised continental philosophy and, more particularly, interest in it from outside philosophy. "After Poststructuralism: Transitions and Transformations" analyses the main developments in continental philosophy between 1980-1995, a time of great upheaval and profound social change. The volume ranges across the birth of postmodernism, the differing traditions of France, Germany and Italy, third generation critical theory, radical democracy, postcolonial philosophy, the turn to ethics, feminist philosophies, the increasing engagement with religion, and the rise of performativity and post-analytic philosophy. Analyses of the major figures are integrated within the discussion. After Poststructuralism reveals how continental philosophy - fuelled by an intense ethical and political desire to reflect changing social and political conditions - responded to the changing world and to the key issues of the time, notably globalisation, technology and ethnicity.

Ethics After Poststructuralism

than other, more “empirical” approaches to ethics, including analytic philosophy, an Anglo-American strain that jettisons ... with the poststructuralist movement as such. rather, poststructuralists, including derrida, as well as later ...

Ethics After Poststructuralism

The present era of economic devastation, legacies of colonization and imperialism, climate change and habitat loss, calls for a new understanding of ethics. These essays on otherness, responsibility and hospitality raise urgent questions. Contributors range from the prominent--including Levinas, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Giorgio Agamben--to recent theorists such as Judith Butler, Enrique Dussell and Rosi Braidotti. The essays emphasize the always vulnerable status of a radically different Other, even as they question what responsibility to that Other might mean.

Ethics and Politics after Poststructuralism

Levinas, Derrida and Nancy Madeleine Fagan. approaches are reliant on a prior assumption of the limits, in terms of conceptual separation, between ethics and politics. The separating limit is approached variously as barrier, ...

Ethics and Politics after Poststructuralism

What would political thought look like without the foundation of ethics? Drawing on the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy, Madeleine Fagan puts forward a radical and far-reaching refusal of foundational ethics. Instead, she proposes an account of the inseparability of ethics and politics. The 'ethical' should not be understood as a label; it does not mean 'good' or 'right', it is not an evaluation or guide. Rather, both the ethical and the political are descriptions of the context in which we find ourselves. The book highlights the necessity of a practice-based rethinking of the relationship between ethics and politics and so denaturalises a series of commonplaces about poststructuralist ethics.

Ethics After Poststructuralism

The present era of economic devastation, legacies of colonization and imperialism, climate change and habitat loss, calls for a new understanding of ethics. These essays on otherness, responsibility and hospitality raise urgent questions.

Ethics After Poststructuralism

The present era of economic devastation, legacies of colonization and imperialism, climate change and habitat loss, calls for a new understanding of ethics. These essays on otherness, responsibility and hospitality raise urgent questions. Contributors range from the prominent--including Levinas, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Giorgio Agamben--to recent theorists such as Judith Butler, Enrique Dussell and Rosi Braidotti. The essays emphasize the always vulnerable status of a radically different Other, even as they question what responsibility to that Other might mean.

After Poststructuralism

Ethics after Idealism: Theoty-Cultute-Ethniciry-Reading, Blooming- ton and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1998. Cohen, Tom, Hillis Miller, Joseph, and Cohen, Barbara, 'A "matetialriy without matter!''', in Cohen, Tom, Cohen ...

After Poststructuralism

In the last decades of the twentieth century, French poststructuralist 'theory' transformed the humanities; it also met with resistance and today we frequently hear that theory is 'dead'. In this brilliantly argued volume, Colin Davis: *reconsiders key arguments for and against theory, identifying significant misreadings *reassesses the contribution of poststructuralist thought to the critical issues of knowledge, ethics, hope and identity *sheds new light on the work of Jean-François Lyotard, Emmanuel Levinas, Louis Althusser and Julia Kristeva in a stunning series of readings *offers a fresh perspective on recent debates around the death of theory. In closing he argues that theory may change, but it will not go away. After poststructuralism, then, comes the afterlife of poststructuralism. Wonderfully accessible, this is an account of the past and present fortunes of theory, suitable for anyone researching, teaching, or studying in the field. And yet it is much more than this. Colin Davis provides a way forward for the humanities - a way forward in which theory will play a crucial part.

Ethics and Politics After Poststructuralism

What would political thought look like without the foundation of ethics? Drawing on the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy, Madeleine Fagan puts forward a radical and far-reaching refusal of foundational ethics.

Ethics and Politics After Poststructuralism

What would political thought look like without the foundation of ethics? Drawing on the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy, Madeleine Fagan puts forward a radical and far-reaching refusal of foundational ethics. Instead, she proposes an account of the inseparability of ethics and politics.

Historical Traces and Future Pathways of Poststructuralism

This volume brings together an international array of scholars to reconsider the meaning and place of poststructuralism historically and demonstrate some of the ways in which it continues to be relevant, especially for debates in aesthetics ...

Historical Traces and Future Pathways of Poststructuralism

This volume brings together an international array of scholars to reconsider the meaning and place of poststructuralism historically and demonstrate some of the ways in which it continues to be relevant, especially for debates in aesthetics, ethics, and politics. The book’s chapters focus on the works of Butler, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Irigaray, Kristeva, Lacan, and Lyotard—in combination with those of Agamben, Luhman, Nancy, and Nietzsche—and examine issues including biopolitics, culture, embodiment, epistemology, history, music, temporality, political resistance, psychoanalysis, revolt, and the visual arts. The contributors use poststructuralism as a hermeneutical strategy that rejects the traditional affirmation of unity, totality, transparency, and representation to instead focus on the foundational importance of open-ended becoming, difference, the unknowable, and expression. This approach allows for a more expansive definition of poststructuralism and helps demonstrate how it has contributed to debates across philosophy and other disciplines. Historical Traces and Future Pathways of Poststructuralism will be of particular interest to researchers in philosophy, politics, political theory, critical theory, aesthetics, feminist theory, cultural studies, intellectual history, psychoanalysis, and sociology.

The Moral Theory of Poststructuralism

This latter implication, as indicated in the last chapter, is of more concern to poststructuralism than the former. With regard to virtue ethics, I take it that what distinguishes this ethics from act-oriented moral theories like ...

The Moral Theory of Poststructuralism


Taxi Driver Wisdom

IP. Taking on the PoliticalSeries Editors: Benjamin Arditi, Andrew Schaap, Alex Thomson International Advisory Editors: Michael Dillon, Michael J. Shapiro, Jeremy ValentineOffering new perspectives on contemporary political theory, books in ...

Taxi Driver Wisdom

A collection of wit, pearls of wisdom, pithy quotes, and observations on life from New York's premier philosophers is accompanied by black-and-white portrait photographs of the contributors, New York cab drivers. IP.

Ethics After Idealism

ETHICS AFTER IDEALISM disclaimers , thus , her use of deconstruction can indeed be seen as a form of ideology - critique ( as , for instance , the critique of “ first world " imperialism ) that is in keeping with the reconstructive and ...

Ethics After Idealism

Recognizing the necessity for a critique of idealism constitutes for Chow an ethics in the postcolonial, postmodern age. In particular, she uses "ethics" to designate the act of making decisions - in this context, decisions of reading - that may not immediately conform with prevalent social mores of idealizing our others but that, nonetheless, enables such others to emerge in their full complexities.

War and the Politics of Ethics

Fagan, Madeleine, Ethics and Politics after Poststructuralism: Levinas, Derrida and Nancy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2013). Farley, Maggie, 'Report Notes Toll of Cluster Bombs, Strikes in Iraq', Los Angeles Times, ...

War and the Politics of Ethics

Contemporary Western war is represented as enacting the West's ability and responsibility to help make the world a better place for others, in particular to protect them from oppression and serious human rights abuses. That is, war has become permissible again, indeed even required, as ethical war. At the same time, however, Western war kills and destroys. This creates a paradox: Western war risks killing those it proposes to protect. This book examines how we have responded to this dilemma and challenges the vision of ethical war itself, exploring how the commitment to ethics shapes the practice of war and indeed how practices come, in turn, to shape what is considered ethical in war. The book closely examines particular practices of warfare, such as targeting, the use of cultural knowledge, and ethics training for soldiers. What emerges is that instead of constraining violence, the commitment to ethics enables and enhances it. The book argues that the production of ethical war relies on an impossible but obscured separation between ethics and politics, that is, the problematic politics of ethics, and reflects on the need to make decisions at the limit of ethics.

Ideology After Poststructuralism

The ' ontological scandal ' , as Žižek would call it , of the universal – that is , the fact universality is impossible , always ( mis ) appropriated , acquires its sense in the performative enunciations of the ' subject ' of ethical ...

Ideology After Poststructuralism

Leading scholars discuss ideology and hotly contested post-structuralist theory.

Poststructuralist Agency

own behaviour – 'asceticism in a very broad sense'.58 The fourth aspect refers to the telos of the ethical subject: ... After all, their ethic was exclusionary, in that it was only enacted by a very small proportion of the population,60 ...

Poststructuralist Agency

Gavin Rae shows that the problematic status of agency caused by the poststructuralist decentring of the subject is a central concern for poststructuralist thinkers. He shows how this plays out in the thinking of Deleuze, Derrida and Foucault, and find the best explanation of agency for the founded subject in the work of Castoriadis.

Ethics after Wittgenstein

It is characteristic of the theorizing of selfavowed poststructuralists not merely to conclude from considerations along these lines that a value-neutral standpoint for thought about the world is forever beyond our grasp but also to ...

Ethics after Wittgenstein

What does it mean for ethics to say, as Wittgenstein did, that philosophy “leaves everything as it is”? Though clearly absorbed with ethical questions throughout his life and work, Wittgenstein's remarks about the subject do not easily lend themselves to summation or theorizing. Although many moral philosophers cite the influence or inspiration of Wittgenstein, there is little agreement about precisely what it means to do ethics in the light of Wittgenstein. Ethics after Wittgenstein brings together an international cohort of leading scholars in the field to address this problem. The chapters advance a conception of philosophical ethics characterized by an attention to detail, meaning and importance which itself makes ethical demands on its practitioners. Working in conversation with literature and film, engaging deeply with anthropology and critical theory, and addressing contemporary problems from racialized sexual violence against women to the Islamic State, these contributors reclaim Wittgenstein's legacy as an indispensable resource for contemporary ethics.

Having Their Say

Athletes and Entertainers and the Ethics of Speaking Out Kristie Bunton. Ethics and Culture Ethics in Comedy: Essays on Crossing the Line (Steven A. Benko, editor, 2020) Ethics After Poststructuralism: A Critical Reader (Lee Olsen, ...

Having Their Say

After Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks expressed her opposition to the Iraq War and President Bush in a country music concert, she was told to "shut up and sing." When NFL player Colin Kaepernick protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, he was applauded by some and demonized by others. Both had their careers irrevocably altered by speaking out for their beliefs. This book examines the ethical issues that arise when famous people speak out on issues often unrelated to the performances that brought those figures to public attention. It analyzes several celebrity speakers--singers Taylor Swift and the Chicks; satirist Jon Stewart; actor Tom Hanks; and athletes Serena Williams, Stephen Curry, Colin Kaepernick, and Naomi Osaka--and demonstrates that justifiable speaking requires celebrity speakers, journalists, and audiences to consider ethical issues regarding platform, intent, and harm. Celebrity speakers must exercise ethical care in a digital world where audiences equate celebrity status with authority and expertise about public issues. Finally, this book considers how people who are not famous can understand their ethical responsibilities for speaking out about public issues in their own spheres of influence.

Stories of the Middle Space

can see a resonance with the biblical ethics of mercy in those versions of deconstruction where there is an ... Thus Richard Middleton and Brian Walsh have suggested that since Levinas and Derrida, whom they have described as the two ...

Stories of the Middle Space

A faith-based approach to postmodern literature and critical theory.

Ethics Organizations

Poststructuralism and ethics I have argued that poststructuralist analysis invites us to reflect critically upon assumptions or habits of thought which are unacknowledged or taken for granted such as those incorporated within discourses ...

Ethics   Organizations

Ethics and Organization provides a rich and valuable overview of an increasingly important issue for management and organizations in contemporary society. Debates about equal opportunities, environmental responsibility, consumer redress and corporate governance have given ethics a prominent place in the study of organizations in their social and natural environments. Within the organization, new management styles that seek to energize employees by manipulating their beliefs have highlighted the moral-ethical principles at issue in contemporary management. At the same time debates around postmodernism and relativism have moved ethics to a new centrality in contemporary social theory. Ethics and Org

Theories of International Relations

Scott Burchill, Andrew Linklater, Richard Devetak, Jack Donnelly, Terry Nardin, Matthew Paterson, ... forceful critique of Just War theory after September 11, poststructuralism's conception of an 'ethical peace' would refuse 'to channel ...

Theories of International Relations

The fully updated and revised fifth edition of this widely-used text provides a comprehensive survey of leading perspectives in the field. Updated throughout to take account of major events and developments, such as the Arab Spring, it also includes new material on neo-realism and neo-liberalism, postcolonialism and cosmopolitanism.

Disclosing Childhoods

(Hekman 2010: 24) To acknowledge and attend to the political (and by extension the ethical) in science is then not to ... and the politics and ethics surrounding our choices.2 In her book Ethics and Politics After Poststructuralism, ...

Disclosing Childhoods

Disclosing Childhoods offers a critical account of knowledge production in childhood studies. The book argues for the need to be reflexive about the knowledge practices of the field and to scrutinize the role of researchers in disclosing certain childhoods rather than others. A relational lens is used to critique the ongoing fixation of childhood studies with the unitary child-agent and to re-introduce the question of ontology in knowledge production. The author provides a critical account of childhood studies’ trajectory, as well as exploring the key concepts of voice, agency and participation, illustrating the potential of a reflexive stance towards knowledge production. Drawing on poststructuralist and posthumanist thinking, each of these concepts is critiqued for its conceptual limits while productive avenues are offered to reconfigure their utility. Spyrou also addresses the ethics and politics of knowledge production and considers key emerging insights which can contribute towards the development of a more reflexive and critical childhood studies. Students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including childhood studies, anthropology, sociology and geography, will find this book of interest, as well as those interested in qualitative research methodology and social theory.