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Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics

Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics

Seyla Benhabib

ISBN: 978-0-745-66566-5

Aug 2013

280 pages

$23.99

Description

Focusing on contemporary debates in moral and political theory, Situating the Self argues that a non-relative ethics, binding on us in virtue of out humanity, is still a philosophically viable project. This intersting new book should be read by all those concerned with the problems of critical theory, the analysis of modernity, and contemporary ethics, as well as students and professionals in philosophy, sociology and political science.
Acknowledgements.

Induction.

Part I. Modernity, Morality and Ethical:.

1. In the Shadow of Aristotle and Hegel.

2. Autonomy, Modernity and Community.

3. Models of Public Space.

4. Judgements and the Moral Foundations of Politics in Hannah Arendt's Thought.

Part II. Autonomy, Feminism and Postmodernism:.

5. The Generalized and the Concrete Other.

6. The Debate over Women and Moral Theory Revisited.

7. Feminism and the Question of Postmodernism.

8. On Hegel, Women and Irony.

Index.

'Seyla Benhabib's voice is emerging as one of the most vital and important in contemporary social and political theory. In this collection of her recent articles, she articulates and defends a conception of interactive dialogical rationality and universalism that is sensitive to recent critiques by feminists, communitarians and postmodernists. She spans Continental and Anglo-American traditions and has a rare ability to write lucidly and forcefully about complex issues. Her critical discussions of Habermas, Arendt, MacIntyre, Lyotard (and many others) are always illuminating and provocative.'
Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research