Ethical Experience, Ethical Subjectivity

Simon Critchley

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229734
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235186 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Ethical Experience, Ethical Subjectivity

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This chapter confronts contemporary political disappointment with the world and argues that a secular conception of morality is needed to motivate ethical commitment. Drawing on the ethical philosophies of Alain Badiou, Knud Ejler Løgstrup, and Emmanuel Levinas, the chapter demonstrates how the impossibility of fulfilling ethical demands splits the subject between itself and the impossibility of its responsibility.

Keywords: ethics; ethical experience; Alain Badiou; Knud Ejler Løgstrup; Emmanuel Levinas; morality; responsibility

Chapter.  9603 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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