Why Ethics?: Signs of Responsibilities
  • Why Ethics?: Signs of Responsibilities
  • Why Ethics?: Signs of Responsibilities

Why Ethics?: Signs of Responsibilities

by Robert Gibbs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691009635

ISBN-13: 9780691009636

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Robert Gibbs presents here an ambitious new theory of ethics. Drawing on a striking combination of intellectual traditions, including Jewish thought, continental philosophy, and American pragmatism, Gibbs argues that ethics is primarily concerned with responsibility and is not--as philosophers have often assumed--principally a matter of thinking about the right

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Robert Gibbs presents here an ambitious new theory of ethics. Drawing on a striking combination of intellectual traditions, including Jewish thought, continental philosophy, and American pragmatism, Gibbs argues that ethics is primarily concerned with responsibility and is not--as philosophers have often assumed--principally a matter of thinking about the right thing to do and acting in accordance with the abstract dictates of reason or will. More specifically, ethics is concerned with attending to others' questions and bearing responsibility for what they do.

Gibbs builds this innovative case by exploring the implicit responsibilities in a broad range of human interactions, paying especially close attention to the signs that people give and receive as they relate to each other. Why Ethics? starts by examining the simple actions of listening and speaking, reading and writing, and by focusing on the different responsibilities that each action entails. The author discusses what he describes as the mutual responsibilities implicit in the actions of reasoning, mediating, and judging. He assesses the relationships among ethics, pragmatics, and Jewish philosophy. The book concludes by looking at the relation of memory and the immemorial, emphasizing the need to respond for past actions by confessing, seeking forgiveness, and making reconciliations.

In format, Gibbs adopts a Talmudic approach, interweaving brief citations from primary texts with his commentary. He draws these texts from diverse thinkers and sources, including Levinas, Derrida, Habermas, Rosenzweig, Luhmann, Peirce, James, Royce, Benjamin, Maimonides, the Bible, and the Talmud. Ranging over philosophy, literary theory, social theory, and historiography, this is an ambitious and provocative work that holds profound lessons for how we think about ethics and how we seek to live responsibly.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691009636
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations and Notes on Citations xiii

Introduction Why Questions? 3

A. The Response in Responsibility 3

B. Signs 6

C. Commentaries l0

D. A Map 13

E. The Authors and Texts 23

Part I: Attending the Future 27

Chapter 1: Why Listen? 29

A. Attending the Teacher 31

B. Asymmetry 35

C. Receiving the World 37

D. The Face and Consciosness 40

E. Apology 44

Chapter 2 Why Speak? 47

A. The Saving 48

B. Bodily Signifying 50

C. Saying the Saying 58

D. Witness to Glory 61

Chapter 3: Why Write? 66

A. Writing Withdratual 67

B. Saying and Writing 74

C. The Trace and Crossing out 79

Chapter 4: Why Read? 86

A. The Hidden Thread 87

B. Closure of Philosophy 89

C. Re-citation 95

Chapter 5: Why Comment? 114

A. The Written Command 115

B. Reading and Separation 116

C. Commentaries 123

Part II: Presentjudgments 131

Chapter 6: Why Reason? 133

A. The Third and Justice 134

B. Mutuality and Justice 141

C. Mutuality and Asymmetry 145

Chapter 7: Why Mediate? 156

A. Communication and Love 157

B. Media for Communication 167

C. Mediating Consensus 171

Chapter 8: Why Judge? 178

A. Attribution 180

B. We and Ye 182

C. Universality and the Outside 187

D. Judgment Day 192

E. Unjust Judgment 200

Chapter 9: Why Law? 210

A. Justifying the World 211

B. Preserving Contradictions 214 '

C Judgment and the Oppressed 218

Part III: Pragmatism, Pragmatics, and Method 225

Chapter 10: Why Verify? 227

A. Performative Method 229

B. Empiricisms: Absolute and Radical 234

C. Pragmatism and Pragmaticism 239

Chapter 11: Why Thirds? 246

A. The Third Person 247

B. Interpretation and Thirds 251

Chapter 12: Why Me? 258

A. Interpreters and Signs 259

B. Me and I 259

C. The Indeclinable Accusative (Me) 272

Chapter 13: Why Translate? 278

A. Reason and Jewish Sources 280

B. Jewish New Thinking 286

C. Contemporary Translation 290

D. A Necessary Trial 298

Part IV: Repenting History 305

Chapter 14: Why Repent? 307

A. Return 308

B. Great Is Repentance 310

C. Social Repentance 319

Chapter 15: Why Confess? 325

A. Confessing Orally 326

B. Performance of the "I" 329

C. Confession of Love 334

Chapter 16 Why Forgive? 338

A. Forgive or Forget 339

B. Changing the Past 341

C. Being Forgiven 345

Chapter 17: Why Remember? 354

A. Calendars 355

B. Historiography 362

C. Ruins and Remnants 372

Epilogue Postmodern Jewish Philosophy and Modernity 380

Pretext Index 385

Name Index 391

Subject Index 395

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