On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ethics and Politics

On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Ethics and Politics

Charles E. Scott
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/22/1996
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21076-0
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1997

... remarkable account of the impact of postmodern philosophy on the question of ethics and politics... commendable also for its balanced view of Heidegger’s relationship to politics and ethics.... an excellent account of Heidegger’s philosophical understanding of technology..." —Choice

This book takes as its point of departure the question of ethics: that values and their pursuit in the West often perpetuate their own worst enemies. At issue are the dangers in the structures and movements of images, values, and ways of knowing that are most intimately a part of our lives.

Author Bio

CHARLES E. SCOTT holds The Edwin Erle Sparks Chair in Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. His publications include The Question of Ethics, The Language of Difference, and Boundaries in Mind: A Study of Immediate Awareness Based in Psychotherapy.

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Table of Contents

Selected Works Cited
Introduction: Crossing the Ethical by "the" Nonethical

1. Nonbelonging/Authenticity

2. Language in a Passing Sense of Transcendence

3. Ethics in a Passing Sense of Transcendence

4. A (Non-) Passing Sense of Tragedy

5. Thinking Noninterpretively

6. The Ascetic Ideal: Nietzsche contra Heidegger

7. Transition: "What Is Paris Doing to US?"

8. Self-Fragmentation: The Danger to Ethics

9. "Not to Be Trapped by Abuse...": Genealogy and a Child’s Pain

10. Responsibility and Danger

11. A Peoples’ Witness beyond Politics

12. Democratic Space

13. On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Politics for Life