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Judith Butler's post-Hegelian ethics and the problem with recognition
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 23:35 authored by Hannah StarkHannah Stark
Judith Butler’s recent work is exemplary of the trend in contemporary theory to consider ethics. Her deliberation over ethical questions, and the place of ethics in intellectual work, has undeniably intensified since September 11. This article will demonstrate, however, that this is a rendering explicit of what has always been implicit in her work. Rather than perceiving the ethical dimension of Butler’s writings in her increasing interest in thinkers such as Emmanuel Levinas and Hannah Arendt, I contend that it is in her sustained interest in Hegel, and specifically in Hegelian recognition, that her work can be read as engaged with ethical concerns. This article highlights the growing critical concern with the prevalence of recognition in ethical theory and questions the possibility of theorising ethics outside of the recognition-paradigm.
Publication titleFeminist Theory: an international interdisciplinary journal
Department/SchoolSchool of Humanities
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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