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Difficulties of Ethical Life

Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt


This book brings the powerful insights of Continental philosophy to bear on some of the most challenging difficulties of ethical life. Currently philosophy is being radically transformed by questions of how to live well. What does such a way of life mean? How are we to understand the meaning of ethicality? What are the obstacles to ethical living? And should we assume that an ethical life is a “better” life? The movement of history and the developments of culture and knowledge seem to have outstripped the capacity of traditional forms of reflection upon ethical life to understand how we might ... More

Keywords: ethicality, existentialism, deconstruction, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, race, religion, terror, ethical living

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shannon Sullivan, editor

Dennis J. Schmidt, editor

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Front Matter


Shannon Sullivan, and Dennis J. Schmidt

Part I Questions of Ethics

1 In the Name of Goodness

Charles E. Scott

Part II The Ethics of Intersubjectivity and Interpersonal Relations

6 Engage the Enemy

Cynthia Willett

7 The Intimacy of Strangers

Eduardo Mendieta

Part III Responsibility and Race

8 Before Whom and for What?

Robert Bernasconi

9 Racism and Responsibility

Ladelle McWhorter

10 Whiteness as Family

Shannon Sullivan

Part IV The Ethics of Nontruth

11 Narrating Pain

Richard Kearney

12 On Deception

Peg Birmingham

End Matter