Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance

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Verso, 2008 - Philosophy - 168 pages
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The clearest, boldest and most systematic statement of Simon Critchley s influential views on philosophy, ethics, and politics, Infinitely Demanding identifies a massive political disappointment at the heart of liberal democracy. Arguing that what is called for is an ethics of commitment that can inform a radical politics, Critchley considers the possibility of political subjectivity and action after Marx and Marxism, taking in the work of Kant, Levinas, Badiou and Lacan. Infinitely Demanding culminates in an argument for anarchism as an ethical practice and a remotivating means of political organization.

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Critchley (philosophy, Univ. of Essex, Colchester;Things Merely Are ) argues that philosophy begins not from a sense of wonder but from disappointment. What concerns him especially is political ... 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 Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research, and a part-time professor of philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His many books include Infinitely Demanding, Ethics–Politics–Subjectivity and, most recently, The Book of Dead Philosophers.

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