Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance

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Verso, 2007 - Philosophy - 168 pages
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This work talks about a new political ethics that confronts and faces down the injustices of the present. Infinitely Demanding is 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 Demanding identifies 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, in an argument for anarchism as an ethical practice and a re-motivating 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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