The Question Of Ethics

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"... stimulating and insightful... a thoroughly researched and timely contribution to the secondary literature of ethics... " —Library Journal

"His important new work establishes Scott... as one of the foremost interpreters of the Continental philosophical tradition of the US.... Necessary for anyone working in ethics or the Continental tradition." —Choice

"... a provocative discourse on the consequences of the ethical in the thought of Nietzsche, Foucault, and Heidegger." —The Journal of Religion

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Overview

"... stimulating and insightful... a thoroughly researched and timely contribution to the secondary literature of ethics... " —Library Journal

"His important new work establishes Scott... as one of the foremost interpreters of the Continental philosophical tradition of the US.... Necessary for anyone working in ethics or the Continental tradition." —Choice

"... a provocative discourse on the consequences of the ethical in the thought of Nietzsche, Foucault, and Heidegger." —The Journal of Religion

Charles E. Scott's challenging book advances the broad claim that ethics as a way of judging and thinking has come into question as philosophers have confronted suffering and conflicts that arise from our traditional systems of value.

Indiana University Press

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Library Journal
As Scott notes in this stimulating and insightful work, normative ethics have been under fire for some time now from philosophers who question the consistency of such systems of values. At first glance, successfully marrying Nietzsche, Foucault, and Heidegger in one book seems unlikely, but Scott manages the job well, charting in Foucault's writings echoes of the analysis of ethical subjectivity begun by Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra and On the Genealogy of Morals. He then turns to Heidegger and the latter's ethical writings, commenting at length on Heidegger's Rector's Address of 1933, in which he seemed to embrace Nazism enthusiastically. In sum, this is a thoroughly researched and timely contribution to the secondary literature of ethics and should be in the collections of academic institutions with strong philosophy programs.-- Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ., Lennox ville, Quebec
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253205933
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
  • Edition description: Replica
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Selected Works Cited

One Introduction: The Question Concerns Ethics

Two The Question Turns on Ethics:
Self-Overcoming in Nietzsche’s Genealogy of the Ascetic Ideal
1. The Functions of Recoil
2. Nietzsche’s Self-Overcoming Is the Middle Voice of Metaphysics
3. Genealogy and the Ascetic Ideal
4. The Ascetic Ideal and the Ascetic Priest: "There is Nothing of Virtue in This"
5. "Probably It Infects Even Us"

Three Ethics Is the Question: The Fragmented Subject in Foucault’s Genealogy
1. Genealogy’s Ethos
2. The Unbearable Lightness of Reason: Reason’s Recoil in Madness
3. A Genealogy of Genealogical Knowledge
4. Fragmented Man
5. Games of Truth, the Ethical Subject

Four The Question of Dasein’s Most Proper Being
1. Dasein’s Eigenste Being
2. A Recoiling Search for Authenticity
3. The Question of Suffering
4. Ecstasis
5. Overturning in The Basic Problems of Phenomenology
6. The Truth of Ecstasis
7. Ethos/Ecstasis

Five These Violent Passions: The Rector’s Address

Six "All Truth’—Is That Not a Compound Lie?"
The Aescetic Ideal in Heidegger’s Thought
1. The Unfolding of the Ascetic Ideal in the Unfolding of the Appeal of Being
2. Giving Thought to Simple Oneness
3. A Simple Conjunction
4. The Rule of Being in Gelassenheit
5. "We Need Desperately to See in the Dark"

Notes
Index

Indiana University Press

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