Getting It Right: Language, Literature, and Ethics

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 15, 1992 - Philosophy - 246 pages
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In a critical scene deeply troubled by questions of justice and responsibility, and beset by political and moral scandals, no issue in recent years has been more urgent or more unsettled than the question of ethics. Geoffrey Galt Harpham, whose previous book, The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism, was one of the first to announce the critical renewal of ethics, attempts in this new book to explain why ethical questions resist settlement. He urges a new account of ethics not as a stable set of principles, values, or prescriptions, but as a variable factor of "imperativity" immanent in language, analysis, narrative, and creation.

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Geoffrey Galt Harpham is professor of English and director of the Program of Literary Theory at Tulane University. He is the author of The Ascetic Imperative in Culture and Criticism, also available from the University of Chicago Press, and On the Grotesque: Strategies of Contradiction in Art and Literature.


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