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DisappointmentToward a Critical Hermeneutics of Worldbuilding$
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Jarrett Zigon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823278237

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823278237.001.0001

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An Ethics of Dwelling

An Ethics of Dwelling

(p.102) Chapter 4 An Ethics of Dwelling

Jarrett Zigon

Fordham University Press

Chapter four takes up the dilemma posed by what Simon Critchley calls the motivational deficit that accompanies the disappointment in politics today. It is argued that unlike the politics of the a priori that begins with a metaphysical humanist notion of the political subject, a politics of world-building begins with a being-in-a-world with an existential imperative to dwell. Dwelling is here conceived as being-in-a-world in such a way that one is always open to new possibilities that can emerge from one’s world. When one’s world breaks down and becomes uninhabitable, then one is no longer able to dwell in this world. Some respond to this with what is called an ethics of dwelling, which is the subjective experience of doing a politics of worldbuilding. I consider such an ethics through the experience of some anti-drug war agonists from New York City and Vancouver.

Keywords:   anti-drug war politics, dwelling, ethics, world-building

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