This volume contains nineteen essays - eighteen here presented for the first time - exploring the question of subjectivity as seen from an ethical perspective. Part I concerns the phenomenological development of Cartesianism and the concept of narrative identity, with essays addressing Levinas' idea of the Other, Ricoeur's Christianisation of Levinas, and Dennet's concept of folk psychology. Part II concerns the experience of reading ethically, as mediated through genealogy and psychoanalysis. The essays address the discourses of philosophy, psychoanalysis, film and literature, and are informed by Nietzsche, Freud, Foucault and Lacan among others. The volume will interest philosophers and critical theorists. Karl Simms provides comprehensive introductions to each of the parts, making the book accessible to informed general readers with an interest in cultural studies.
PART I: FROM PHENOMENOLOGY TO NARRATIVE IDENTITY. Karl SIMMS: Introduction. Jonathan REE: Subjectivity in the twentieth century. J.W.P. PHILLIPS: The subject of the other: Ordinary language and its enigmatic ground. Robin DURIE: Indication and the awakening of subjectivity. Tim WOODS: The ethical subject: The philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. J.D.D. HUTTO: The story of the self: The narrative basis of self-development. Leigh CLAYTON: The absent signifier: Historical narrative and the abstract subject. S.H. CLARK: Narrative identity in Ricoeur's Oneself as Another. PART II: GENEALOGY, AGENCY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS. Karl SIMMS: Introduction. Lisa PHILLIPS: Wholeness in manifoldness: Conditions of agency in Nietzsche and Foucault. Elaine BALL: Technologies of the self. Jo CROFT: Looking up the adolescent in Freud's index. Wendy WHEELER: Two walks. Patrick QUINN: Being on the boundary: Aquinas' metaphor for subject and psyche. David BROTTMAN: Mrs Bates in Plato's cave: Reflections on the self-reflexive signifying chain linking the cellar to cinema cells within Psycho-tic experience. Xavier MENDIK: Transgressive bodies: Destruction and excessive display of the human form in the horror film. Mikita BROTTMAN: Blue prints and bodies: Paradigms of desire in pornography. Susan WATKINS: Versions of the feminine subject in Charlotte Bronte's Villette. Angus CLEGHORN: And of that other and her desire: The embracing language of Wallace Stevens. Alan RAWES: Lord Byron: To create, and in creating live a being more intense. Jeffrey RODMAN: Defoe and the psychotic subject. Bibliography. Name Index. Subject Index.