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Shadows of ethics : criticism and the just society / Geoffrey Galt Harpham.

By: Harpham, Geoffrey Galt.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 1999Description: xiv, 282 str. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0822323206.Subject(s): Ethics, Modern | Criticism | etika | književna teorija
Contents:
1. The inertial paradox: thoughts anterior to an ethics of literature
2. Ethics and literary study
3. Ethics and the double standard or criticism
4. Derrida and the ethics of criticism
5. So...What 'is' enlightenment? an inquisition into modernity
6. Of rats and man; or, Reason in our time
7. Aesthetics and the fundamentals of modernity
8. History and the limits of interpretation
9. Late Jameson
10. Chomsky and the rest of us
11. Once again: Geoffrey Hartman on culture
12. Philosophy looking for love
13. Conclusion: Imagining the center
Summary: In this volume Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues for a deeply original view of the relations among ethics, literary study, and critical theory. In thirteen lucid, provocative and often witty essays, Harpham rejects both the optimism of those who see ethics as a way of solving problems about values or principles and the pessimism of those who regard ethics as primarily a cover story for politics. Ethics, he claims, has been seen by its most powerful theorists as a discourse of “shadows,” a characteristic disturbance of thought in the presence of the other, a source of doubts rather than certainty. At the same time, however, ethics includes an element of violence, even blindness and “fundamentalism,” a crushing drive to clarity and resolution. Contemporary thinkers, Harpham argues, have been unwilling to accept this account of ethics and the obligations it would impose, and have, as a consequence, cultivated social and intellectual marginality as the only site of virtue, the only position in which critical intelligence is at home. They have, he contends, failed to “imagine the center,” to take up the true intellectual and worldly challenge of ethics. Tracking these issues and energies in debates about enlightenment, the politics of the aesthetic, the nature of rationality, and the worldly contexts of theory, Harpham demonstrates in compelling detail the ubiquity and true difficulty of ethics. Shadows of Ethics also revives a neglected genre, the intellectual portrait, with extended meditations on Jacques Derrida, Martha Nussbaum, Fredric Jameson, Geoffrey Hartman, and Noam Chomsky. The book will interest literary critics, philosophers, cultural critics, and all those interested in the ethical character of intellectual work.
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1. The inertial paradox: thoughts anterior to an ethics of literature

2. Ethics and literary study

3. Ethics and the double standard or criticism

4. Derrida and the ethics of criticism

5. So...What 'is' enlightenment? an inquisition into modernity

6. Of rats and man; or, Reason in our time

7. Aesthetics and the fundamentals of modernity

8. History and the limits of interpretation

9. Late Jameson

10. Chomsky and the rest of us

11. Once again: Geoffrey Hartman on culture

12. Philosophy looking for love

13. Conclusion: Imagining the center

In this volume Geoffrey Galt Harpham argues for a deeply original view of the relations among ethics, literary study, and critical theory. In thirteen lucid, provocative and often witty essays, Harpham rejects both the optimism of those who see ethics as a way of solving problems about values or principles and the pessimism of those who regard ethics as primarily a cover story for politics.
Ethics, he claims, has been seen by its most powerful theorists as a discourse of “shadows,” a characteristic disturbance of thought in the presence of the other, a source of doubts rather than certainty. At the same time, however, ethics includes an element of violence, even blindness and “fundamentalism,” a crushing drive to clarity and resolution. Contemporary thinkers, Harpham argues, have been unwilling to accept this account of ethics and the obligations it would impose, and have, as a consequence, cultivated social and intellectual marginality as the only site of virtue, the only position in which critical intelligence is at home. They have, he contends, failed to “imagine the center,” to take up the true intellectual and worldly challenge of ethics.
Tracking these issues and energies in debates about enlightenment, the politics of the aesthetic, the nature of rationality, and the worldly contexts of theory, Harpham demonstrates in compelling detail the ubiquity and true difficulty of ethics. Shadows of Ethics also revives a neglected genre, the intellectual portrait, with extended meditations on Jacques Derrida, Martha Nussbaum, Fredric Jameson, Geoffrey Hartman, and Noam Chomsky.
The book will interest literary critics, philosophers, cultural critics, and all those interested in the ethical character of intellectual work.

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