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The Vanishing Subject

AmÉlie Oksenberg Rorty

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247925.003.0002
The Vanishing Subject

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This chapter outlines the history of several philosophical insights that have shaped present understandings of subjectivity and the subject, presenting a reworking of morality, intersubjectivity, and social responsibility and considering the problem connected to “listening to the subject.” It also discusses the fragmented and recycled history of the idea of subjectivity, as well as assessing the modern focus on subjectivity in the anthropology of medicine and medical ethics. The chapter furthermore offers “respect” as an effective conceptual tool for studying the conflicting power relations, meanings, aims, and desires of the subject.

Keywords: philosophical insights; morality; intersubjectivity; social responsibility; medicine; medical ethics; respect; power relations

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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