The Step Back: Ethics and Politics after Deconstruction (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

The Step Back: Ethics and Politics after Deconstruction (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

by David Wood
     
 

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This original contribution to the ethical and political significance of philosophy addresses a number of major themes-identity, violence, the erotic, freedom, responsibility, religious belief, globalization-and critically engages with the work of Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Derrida, and Levinas. It promotes a unique blend of deconstructive critique and a

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This original contribution to the ethical and political significance of philosophy addresses a number of major themes-identity, violence, the erotic, freedom, responsibility, religious belief, globalization-and critically engages with the work of Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Derrida, and Levinas. It promotes a unique blend of deconstructive critique and a certain English skepticism, leading to the affirmation of a negative capability-a patience and vigilance in the face of both human folly and philosophy's own homegrown pathologies. The author argues for the extension of our sense of openness and responsibility to animal life, and indeed life in general, and not just to the human.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791483213
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
405 KB

Meet the Author

David Wood is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His many books include Thinking After Heidegger.

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