Inheriting the Future: Legacies of Kant, Freud, and Flaubertby Elizabeth Rottenberg
This work examines Kant's late treatment of morality and its 20th century extensions in the writings of Flaubert and Freud. For Rottenberg (philosophy, DePaul U.), all three writers treatments of morality are bound up in the problem of legacy and its implications of decision and responsibility. He looks at Kant's distinction between an external object of choice and an external object of respect that "possesses" a dignity that lies beyond the concept of ownership but conditions the possibility of moral action. Freud's ideas about obsessional neurosis as a neurosis where those affected are possessed with a force of super-moral obligation are then examined. Finally the posthumous work of Flaubert is examined in terms of "a narrative temporality that forces us onward, indefinitely, relentlessly, in the name of "sameness." Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Elizabeth Rottenberg is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the editor and translator of Negotiations: Interventions and Interviews, 1971-2001 by Jacques Derrida (Stanford, 2001) and the translator of Friendship by Maurice Blanchot (Stanford University Press, 1997).
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