Infinitely demanding: ethics of commitment, politics of resistance

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Verso, 2007 - Philosophy - 168 pages
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A new political ethics that confronts the injustices of liberal democracy. Infinitely Demandingis the clearest, boldest and most systematic statement of Simon Critchley's influential views on philosophy, ethics, and politics. Part diagnosis of the times, part theoretical analysis of the impasses and possibilities of ethics and politics, part manifesto,Infinitely Demandingidentifies a massive political disappointment at the heart of liberal democracy and argues that what is called for is an ethics of commitment that can inform a radical politics. Exploring the problem of ethics in Kant, Levinas, Badiou, and Lacan that leads to a conception of subjectivity based on the infinite responsibility of an ethical demand, Critchley considers the possibility of political subjectivity and action after Marx and Marxism.Infinitely Demandingculminates in an argument for anarchism as an ethical practice and a remotivating means of political organization.

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Review: Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance

User Review  - Aron - Goodreads

Neatly sums up and streamlines a lot of Critchley's thinking. Read full review

Review: Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance

User Review  - Steven Wright - Goodreads

An anarchist framework with ethical demands , cannot be beat! Although,,, it ultimately takes an act of faith to buy into the ethical demand of the face to face encounter Read full review


The possibility of commitment
Demanding approval a theory of ethical experience
Dividualism how to build an ethical subject

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Simon Critchley is the series editor and a professor of philosophy at The New School in New York City.

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