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Difficulties of Ethical Life$
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Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001

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Before Whom and for What?

Before Whom and for What?

Accountability and the Invention of Ministerial, Hyperbolic, hand Infinite Responsibility

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(p.131) 8 Before Whom and for What?
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Difficulties of Ethical Life
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Robert Bernasconi

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823229734.003.0009

This chapter deals with a revolution in ethical thinking (which started by Levinas and Jean-Paul Sartre). It argues that responsibility is not dependent on a person's (or society's) ability to prevent an injustice. It demonstrates why people are ultimately responsible to the world, and for the world.

Keywords:   responsibility, ethics, ethical thinking, injustice, Emmanuel Levinas

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