Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics / Edition 1

Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics / Edition 1

by Terry Eagleton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405185724

ISBN-13: 9781405185721

Pub. Date: 10/20/2008

Publisher: Wiley

In this ambitious new book, Terry Eagleton, one of the world’s greatest cultural theorists, turns his attention to the now much-discussed question of ethics. In a work full of rare insights into tragedy, politics, literature, morality and religion, Eagleton investigates ethical theories from Aristotle to Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek, weighing the

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In this ambitious new book, Terry Eagleton, one of the world’s greatest cultural theorists, turns his attention to the now much-discussed question of ethics. In a work full of rare insights into tragedy, politics, literature, morality and religion, Eagleton investigates ethical theories from Aristotle to Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek, weighing the merits and deficiencies of each theory, and measuring them all against the ‘richer’ ethical resources of socialism and the Judaeo-Christian tradition. In a remarkably original move, he assigns each of the theories he examines to one or other of Jacques Lacan’s three psychoanalytical categories of the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real, and shows how this can illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of an ethics of personal sympathy, an impersonal morality of obligation, and a morality based on death and transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405185721
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/20/2008
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,240,696
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vi

PART I THE INSISTENCE OF THE IMAGINARY 1

Introduction: The Mirror Stage 1

1 Sentiment and Sensibility 12

2 Francis Hutcheson and David Hume 29

3 Edmund Burke and Adam Smith 62

PART II THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE SYMBOLIC 83

Introduction: The Symbolic Order 83

4 Spinoza and the Death of Desire 91

5 Kant and the Moral Law 101

6 Law and Desire in Measure for Measure 130

PART III THE REIGN OF THE REAL 139

Introduction: Pure Desire 139

7 Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche 154

8 Fictions of the Real 180

9 Levinas, Derrida and Badiou 223

10 The Banality of Goodness 273

Conclusion 317

Index 327

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