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Overview

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.
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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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Meet the Author

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), 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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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: About the Ethical 1
Pt. I Phenomenology and Beyond 13
1 Kantianism and Phenomenology 15
2 The original Otherness of the Ego: A Rereading of Descartes's Meditatio II 33
3 Towards a Postmodern Ethics: Corporeality and Alterity 54
4 Phenomenology: Ethics, Value, and the Subject 66
Pt. II Aporias of Justice 81
5 Discourse Ethics 83
6 Philosophy and Law: Questioning Justice 101
Pt. III Analytics of Self-Formation 117
7 Kristeva's Ethics of Crisis: Art and Abjection, Love and Melancholia 119
8 Toward an Anthropology of Ethics: Foucault and the Pedagogies of Autopoiesis 146
Pt. IV (Ethics) Beyond the Ethical? 167
9 Against Principles: A Sketch of an Ethics without Ethics 169
10 The Good, the Bad, and the Virtual: Ethics in the Age of Information 181
11 The Immoralist 197
Name Index 217
Subject Index 222
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