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Critique and Political Ethics: Justice as a Question

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228980.003.0007
Critique and Political Ethics:               Justice as a Question

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No person lives as fully self-sufficient, autonomous beings; everyone is implicated in the lives of others not only at the beginning and end of one's lives, but all throughout. Whether people like it or not, whether they want it or not, people are part of this interconnected global relationship. Since people cannot shed this collective social condition of living in this world, it would seem that considerations of ethics cannot limit themselves to the individually good life. Instead, the conditions of life as social and global issues, as well as their negotiation in politics, economics, and civil society, cannot fall beyond the scope of moral philosophy. Moral philosophy has to reflect on the aporia of having to formulate evaluative criteria to assess social and historical realities, while at the same time such formulations cannot but emerge from very particular social and historical positions themselves.

Keywords: global relationship; politics; economics; social condition; ethics; moral philosophy; aporia

Chapter.  13472 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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