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Difficulties of Ethical Life$
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Shannon Sullivan and Dennis J. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229734

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229734.001.0001

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Engage the Enemy

Engage the Enemy

Cavell Comedies of Remarriage and the Politics of Friendship

(p.88) 6 Engage the Enemy
Difficulties of Ethical Life

Cynthia Willett

Fordham University Press

This chapter uses comedy to explore the relevance of friendship to contemporary democratic theory. It begins with Jacques Derrida's discussion of friendship in relation to the democracy to come. It demonstrates how the companionships of romantic comedy often serve as miniature form of democracy, for both concerns human imperfection and social interdependence.

Keywords:   friendship, remarriage, Jacques Derrida, ethics, democratic theory, democracy, romantic comedy

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