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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

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

Annika Thiem

Fordham University Press

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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