Moral Subjects and Agencies of Morality

Annika Thiem

in Unbecoming Subjects

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228980
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235865 | DOI:
Moral Subjects and Agencies of               Morality

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The subject as an autonomous knowing and acting subject in control of him or herself has come into question not only because of the theoretical interventions from various intellectual camps, such as psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, feminism, and postcolonial studies. Much more mundanely, one's daily experiences often make one—sometimes painfully—aware of the limits of one's knowledge of and control over oneself, others, and the situations in which one has to act. If indeed moral conduct begins negatively—with not knowing what to do and needing to ask what one ought to do—then the question of how one can know is not merely an epistemological quandary over the conditions of possibility for certain modes of knowledge. These complexities extend well beyond the individual, both onto the global scale as well as into the nano-universe.

Keywords: subject; knowledge; control; moral conduct; psychoanalysis; poststructuralism; feminism

Chapter.  16979 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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