The Origins of Responsibility [NOOK Book]

Overview

François Raffoul approaches the concept of responsibility in a manner
that is distinct from its traditional interpretation as accountability of the
willful subject. Exploring responsibility in the works of Nietzsche, Sartre,
Levinas, Heidegger, and Derrida, Raffoul ...

See more details below
The Origins of Responsibility

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$21.20
BN.com price

Overview

François Raffoul approaches the concept of responsibility in a manner
that is distinct from its traditional interpretation as accountability of the
willful subject. Exploring responsibility in the works of Nietzsche, Sartre,
Levinas, Heidegger, and Derrida, Raffoul identifies decisive moments in the
development of the concept, retrieves its origins, and explores new reflections on
it. For Raffoul, responsibility is less about a sovereign subject establishing a
sphere of power and control than about exposure to an event that does not come from
us and yet calls to us. These original and thoughtful investigations of the
post-metaphysical senses of responsibility chart new directions for ethics in the
continental tradition.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Choice

"Raffoul provides a rich genealogy of concepts of responsibility from thinkers in the Continental tradition.... Recommended." —Choice

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Raffoul displays throughout considerable skills of reading and exegesis, and he has an important story to tell about the history of responsibility.... There is a great deal to admire in this book and one can only look forward to [his] future work." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Charles E. Scott

"Raffoul shows that philosophers in the continental lineage have persistently concerned themselves with issues of responsibility and provided original ways to rethink the meaning of ethics, choice, freedom, accountability, and moral normativity." —Charles E. Scott, Vanderbilt University

Edward S. Casey

"This landmark study of responsibility offers novel readings of existing theories from Kant to Levinas and Derrida while giving its own original view of what makes up responsible action. Written with unusual incisiveness, it contains bold insights into how and why human beings are capable of responsibility at every level of their lives." —Edward S. Casey, Stony Brook University

J. Donohoe

Approaching the issue of responsibility from a perspective outside the traditional debate between free will and determinism, Raffoul (Louisiana State Univ.) provides a rich genealogy of concepts of responsibility from thinkers in the Continental tradition. In eight chapters, this clearly argued book begins with Aristotle and moves historically to its conclusion with Derrida, encountering Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre, Levinas, and Heidegger along the way. The argument is framed primarily through Nietzsche's critique of traditional notions of responsibility that require a commitment to such concepts as causality, agency, will, and subjectivity. Raffoul argues that Nietzsche's critique opens the way for more recent philosophers to think ethics and responsibility anew. By exploring these developments, he underscores the notion of responsibility as central to Continental philosophies of ethics, albeit as completely reconceptualized in a way that problematizes the 'ethicality of ethics.' These accounts do not view ethics as a set of normative rules or an applied discipline but instead question the meaning of ethics as such. They also rethink responsibility in a postmetaphysical fashion that leaves behind the ideology of subjectivity and free will. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. --ChoiceJ. Donohoe, University of West Georgia, December 2010

From the Publisher
"Raffoul shows that philosophers in the continental lineage have persistently concerned themselves with issues of responsibility and provided original ways to rethink the meaning of ethics, choice, freedom, accountability, and moral normativity." —Charles E. Scott, Vanderbilt University
Choice

"Raffoul provides a rich genealogy of concepts of responsibility from thinkers in the Continental tradition.... Recommended." —Choice

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253004222
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)
  • File size: 706 KB

Meet the Author

François Raffoul is Professor of Philosophy at Louisiana State
University. He is author of Heidegger and the Subject and is translator (with Andrew
Mitchell) of Martin Heidegger's Four Seminars (IUP, 2003).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Origins of Responsibility1. Aristotle and What Is "Up to Us": Responsibility as Voluntariness2. Responsibility as Absolute Spontaneity: Kant and Transcendental Freedom3. The Genealogy of Responsibility: Nietzsche's Deconstruction of Accountability4. The Paradoxical Paroxysm of Responsibility: Sartre's Hyperbolic Responsibility 5. For The Other: Levinas' Reversal of Responsibility6. Heidegger's Originary Ethics7. Heidegger and the Ontological Origins of Responsibility8. Derrida and the Impossible Origins of ResponsibilityConclusion: The Future of Responsibility: The Impossible and the EventNotesIndex

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)