Ethics of Liberation: In the Age of Globalization and Exclusion

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Duke University Press, Feb 8, 2013 - Philosophy - 715 pages
Available in English for the first time, this much-anticipated translation of Enrique Dussel's Ethics of Liberation marks a milestone in ethical discourse. Dussel is one of the world's foremost philosophers. This treatise, originally published in 1998, is his masterwork and a cornerstone of the philosophy of liberation, which he helped to found and develop.

Throughout his career, Dussel has sought to open a space for articulating new possibilities for humanity out of, and in light of, the suffering, dignity, and creative drive of those who have been excluded from Western Modernity and neoliberal rationalism. Grounded in engagement with the oppressed, his thinking has figured prominently in philosophy, political theory, and liberation movements around the world.

In Ethics of Liberation, Dussel provides a comprehensive world history of ethics, demonstrating that our most fundamental moral and ethical traditions did not emerge in ancient Greece and develop through modern European and North American thought. The obscured and ignored origins of Modernity lie outside the Western tradition. Ethics of Liberation is a monumental rethinking of the history, origins, and aims of ethics. It is a critical reorientation of ethical theory.

 

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User Review  - DavidCLDriedger - LibraryThing

I am very sympathetic to this project but this is a book to be studied and not read. Dussel is deeply invested in historical and contemporary arguments that I have very little interest in. He provides summarized theses at the end which will give you the overview. Read full review

Contents

World History of Ethical Systems
1
Part I Foundation of Ethics
53
Part II Critical Ethics Antihegemonic Validity and the Praxis of Liberation
205
Appendix 1 Some Theses in Order of Appearance in the Text
433
Capital of Egypt
447
Notes
453
Bibliography
655
Index
689
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Enrique Dussel teaches philosophy at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa, and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. He is the author of many books, including Beyond Philosophy: Ethics, History, Marxism, and Liberation Theology and The Invention of the Americas: Eclipse of the "Other" and the Myth of Modernity. His books Twenty Theses on Politics and Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate (edited with Mabel Moraña and Carlos A. Jáuregui) are both also published by Duke University Press.

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