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Decreation and the Ethical Bind
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Decreation and the Ethical Bind: Simone Weil and the Claim of the Other

Yoon Sook Cha

Abstract

Decreation and the Ethical Bind identifies a decreative ethics, whereby self-dispossession underwrites an ethical obligation to preserve the other from harm. The author shows how obligation emerges at the conjuncture of competing claims: between the other’s subject affirmation and one’s own dislocation, between what one has and what one has to give, between a demand that asks for too much and the extraordinary demand of asking nothing. In the unfolding and reiteration of themes issuing from the other’s claim upon oneself develops a complex picture of the tensions that sustain the scene of ethi ... More

Keywords: Maurice Blanchot, Judith Butler, decreative ethics, ethical relationality, force, Emmanuel Levinas, obligation, other-centered ethics of preservation, self-dispossession, vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823275250
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275250.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yoon Sook Cha, author
University of California, Berkeley