Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance

Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance

by Simon Critchley
     
 

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A new political ethics that confronts the injustices of liberal democracy.See more details below

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A new political ethics that confronts the injustices of liberal democracy.

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Times Literary Supplement
“A little book with a big idea.”
Library Journal

Critchley (philosophy, Univ. of Essex, Colchester; Things Merely Are) argues that philosophy begins not from a sense of wonder but from disappointment. What concerns him especially is political disappointment, the common belief that something is radically amiss with the world. One response to disappointment is nihilism, the denial that the world has value. Passive nihilists, e.g., political theorist John Gray, whose Straw Dogsis a counterpoint to Critchley's book, accept the loss of value with resignation. Active nihilists, by contrast, wish to destroy the present world through revolutionary violence, hoping that something better will emerge. Critchley rejects both kinds of nihilism. Instead, he favors an ethics in which the ethical subject is split "between itself and a demand it cannot meet." Critchley has been influenced in this view by French philosophers Alain Badiou and Emmanuel Levinas and Danish thinker Knud Logstrup, and he gives a clear exposition of their ideas. In political practice, his ethical perspective leads to a form of anarchism: he calls for resistance to the "ideological moralism" of current American foreign policy. A stimulating analysis; highly recommended for philosophy and political theory collections.
—David Gordon

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“Highly recommended.”—Choice

“Simon Critchley is the most powerful and provocative philosopher now writing about the complex relations of ethical subjectivity and reinvigorated democracy.”—Cornel West

“A stimulating analysis; highly recommended.”—Library Journal

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Highly recommended.

Cornel West
“Simon Critchley is the most powerful and provocative philosopher now writing about the complex relations of ethical subjectivity and reinvigorated democracy. ”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844672967
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/17/2008
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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Cornel West
Simon Critchley is the most powerful and provocative philosopher now writing about the complex relations of ethical subjectivity and reinvigorated democracy.

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