9/11: America and the Politics of Innocence

Debra B. Bergoffen

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

9/11: America and the Politics of Innocence

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This chapter examines how the September 11 attacks in America have adopted a politics of innocence that attempts to free itself from the ethical requirements of intersubjectivity. It reveals that although the politics of innocence may be a recipe for injustice, a dynamic relationship between the symbolic, the imaginary, and the real offers ethical possibilities that could provide grounds for a noninnocent future.

Keywords: America; September 11 attacks; politics; innocence; ethics; intersubjectivity

Chapter.  7071 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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