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Erin Graff Zivin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286829

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286829.001.0001

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Ethics against Politics

Ethics against Politics

(p.53) Ethics against Politics

Erin Graff Zivin

Fordham University Press

The second part of the book is a critical engagement with the so-called ethical “turn” in critical studies of literature, culture and philosophy. “The Ethical Turn” takes the reader through the tense articulation of ethics and politics in current criticism and political philosophy in Latin America. The first section, titled “Ethics against Politics,” shows how the notion of an ethical “turn” tends to place ethics and politics in a relation of antagonism or substitution (ethics or politics, but not both), which limits the possibilities of both ethical and political thinking. What if the two terms were to be thought instead as operating against each other? Here “against” would indicate both antagonism (ethics versus politics) and correlation, even support: ethics against the backdrop of politics and vice-versa, an arrangement in which ethics and politics would be mutually interdependent.

Keywords:   Badiou, Alain, Beverley, John, ethics, Levinas, Emmanuel, politics

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