Ethical Experience: <i>Mauvaise Conscience</i> and Necessary Sadness

Donna Jowett

in Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222063
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235605 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Ethical Experience: Mauvaise                 Conscience and Necessary Sadness

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This chapter examines the so-called mauvaise conscience and necessary sadness in relation to ethical experience. It explores what Emmanuel Levinas called mauvaise conscience experience, which was also emphasized in Jacques Derrida's Aporias and The Gift of Death. Both philosophers have suggested that ethical responsibility opens people to a certain sorrow that is not only endured but also affirmed. This chapter explains the processes involved in the affirmation of the necessary sadness.

Keywords: mauvaise conscience; necessary sadness; ethical experience; ethical responsibility; Emmanuel Levinas; Jacques Derrida; Aporias; The Gift of Death; the other

Chapter.  5066 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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