The Impossible Possibility of Ethics

Thomas J. J. Altizer

in Saintly Influence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230877
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235612 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Impossible Possibility of Ethics

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This chapter argues that the challenges to entrenched systems of authority implicit in Wyschogrod's calls to other-centered ethics become really possible only when the source of the challenge (the reality of the nihilistic death-world) is interpreted in light of the death of God. Such an interpretation of nihilism as primordial and theological uniquely allows our ethical actions to be supported by a reading of historical time as an apocalyptic advent waiting to be recognized as such by cultures.

Keywords: Edith Wyschogrod; nihilism; authority; ethics; death of God

Chapter.  7717 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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