Saints and Postmodernism: Revisioning Moral Philosophy / Edition 1

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"In this exciting and important work, Wyschogrod attempts to read contemporary ethical theory against the vast unwieldy tapestry that is postmodernism. . . . [A] provocative and timely study."—Michael Gareffa, Theological Studies

"A 'must' for readers interested in the borderlands between philosophy, hagiography, and ethics."—Mark I. Wallace, Religious Studies Review

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Editorial Reviews

Wyschogrod (philosophy, CUNY) provides a continually insightful and even readable (is of the meaning and possibility of a postmodern ethics in terms of the life narratives of both religious and secular through traditional, modern, and contemporary moral and postmodern theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226920436
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Series: Religion and Postmodernism Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Wyschogrod is professor of philosophy at Queens College of the City University of New York. Her most recent book is Spirit in Ashes: Hegel, Heidegger, and Man-Made Mass Death.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Prelude
1. Why Saints?
Narrativity Saintly Bodies Textuality Historical Truth
2. Saintly Influence Mysticism, Theism, and Saintly Life Moral Discourse and Hagiographic Fiction The Wings of the Dove Word as Flesh Ethics, Fiction, and Possibility Beyond Possibility
3. Time without the Other Death and the Time That Is Left Moral Law and Radical Altruism: Rawls and Gewirth The Time Scheme of Everyday Work The Self as a Work: Descartes Thinking, Animality, and the Saintly Hand Work, Violence, and Saintly Labor
4. Diachrony and the Neuter Neoplatonism and Time Saints and the Renunciation of Power Nietzsche's Objections Dark Diachronicity The Neuter The Unconscious as a Language
5. The Demand for Theory The Metaphysics of Theory: Heidegger Freedom and Being as Possibility The Voluptuary Structure of Desire The Indentured Subject Political Saints The Logic of Exemplification
6. Language without Alterity: The Suppression of Reference and Mood Phenomenology and Language The Absent Other: Quine and Davidson Reference and Mood: Davidson Violence and the Imperative The Philosophy of Reflection
7. Depravity, Sanctity, and Desire The Material Forces of Production: Deleuze and Guattari Oedipus and the Codes of Production Nomad Thought Three Myths of the Anit-Oedipus Genet and the Saints of Depravity Faces
8. Saintliness and Some Aporias of Postmodernism The Altruism of Common Sense: Rescher Postmodern Ecstatics and Saintliness: Kristeva The Problem of Saintly Individuation
"Negativity Is Not Transcendence"
Notes Index

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