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Giving an Account of Oneself

Judith Butler


What does it mean to lead a moral life? This book offers a provocative outline for a new ethical practice—one responsive to the need for critical autonomy and grounded in a new sense of the human subject. It takes as her starting point one's ability to answer the questions “What have I done?” and “What ought I to do?” The book shows that these questions can be answered only by asking a prior question, “Who is this who is under an obligation to give an account of itself and to act in certain ways?” Because I find that I cannot give an account of myself without accounting for the social conditio ... More

Keywords: moral life, myself, narratability, moral self, psychic violence, cruelty, social theory, unknowingness, humility, ethical responsiveness

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780823225033
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225033.001.0001


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Judith Butler, author

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