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Unbecoming SubjectsJudith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility$
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Annika Thiem

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228980

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228980.001.0001

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The Aporia of Critique and the Future of Moral Philosophy

The Aporia of Critique and the Future of Moral Philosophy

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(p.187) Five The Aporia of Critique and the Future of Moral Philosophy
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Unbecoming Subjects
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Annika Thiem

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228980.003.0006

Responsibility emerges as a privileged site and moment for a reformulated moral philosophy. It would be problematic, however, to reduce moral-philosophical thinking to responsibility alone, because social structures, institutions, and political events also require one's responses and one's actions — and not necessarily only those mediated through one's relations — to concrete others. It is certainly possible — and important — to consider social and political structures, institutions, and practices through the grammar of responsibility. The traditional moral-philosophical problematic of justice circumscribes one genuine intersection between moral and political philosophy. As a theoretical reflection on the possibility of ethics, moral philosophy is not only a theory of moral conduct and a critical assessment of the conditions and principles of moral conduct. Moral philosophy cannot settle various questions in a realm of pure philosophical speculation.

Keywords:   responsibility, moral philosophy, social structures, justice, ethics, moral conduct

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