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ONE: An Account of Oneself

Judith Butler

in Giving an Account of Oneself

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225033
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225033.003.0001
ONE: An Account of Oneself

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This chapter begins with a discussion of what is important about Adorno's conception of ethical violence. It points out the importance of his formulation for contemporary debates about moral nihilism and shows how changes in his theoretical framework are necessitated by the shifting historical character of moral inquiry itself. It then examines Foucault's later theory of subject formation and considers the limitations one encounters when one tries to use it to think the other. This is followed by a post-Hegelian account of recognition that seeks to establish the social basis for giving an account of oneself. In this context, the chapter considers the critique of a Hegelian model of recognition offered by Adriana Cavarero, a feminist philosopher who draws on the work of Levinas and Arendt.

Keywords: Adorno; ethical violence; moral inquiry; universality; Foucault; Nietzsche; recognition; Adriana Cavarero

Chapter.  13795 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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