Ethics of Liberation: In the Age of Globalization and Exclusion (Latin America Otherwise)

Ethics of Liberation: In the Age of Globalization and Exclusion (Latin America Otherwise)

By: Enrique Dussel (author), Eduardo Mendieta (translator), Yolanda Angulo (translator), Nelson Maldonado-Torres (translator), Camilo Perez-Bustillo (translator), Alejandro A. Vallega (editor)Paperback

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Available in English for the first time, this much-anticipated translation of Enrique Dussel's Ethics of Liberation marks a milestone in ethical discourse. Dussel is one of the world's foremost philosophers. This treatise, originally published in 1998, is his masterwork and a cornerstone of the philosophy of liberation, which he helped to found and develop.Throughout his career, Dussel has sought to open a space for articulating new possibilities for humanity out of, and in light of, the suffering, dignity, and creative drive of those who have been excluded from Western Modernity and neoliberal rationalism. Grounded in engagement with the oppressed, his thinking has figured prominently in philosophy, political theory, and liberation movements around the world. In Ethics of Liberation, Dussel provides a comprehensive world history of ethics, demonstrating that our most fundamental moral and ethical traditions did not emerge in ancient Greece and develop through modern European and North American thought. The obscured and ignored origins of Modernity lie outside the Western tradition. Ethics of Liberation is a monumental rethinking of the history, origins, and aims of ethics. It is a critical reorientation of ethical theory.

About Author

Enrique Dussel teaches philosophy at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa, and at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. He is the author of many books, including Beyond Philosophy: Ethics, History, Marxism, and Liberation Theology and The Invention of the Americas: Eclipse of the "Other" and the Myth of Modernity. His books Twenty Theses on Politics and Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate (edited with Mabel Morana and Carlos A. Jauregui) are both also published by Duke University Press.


About the Series xi Editor's Foreword to the English Edition xiii Preface xv Introduction: World History of Ethical Systems 1 I.1. Origin of the Interregional System: Afro-Bantu Egypt and the Semites of the Middle East 6 I.2. Cultures without Direct Links to the System: The Mesoamerican and Inca Worlds 9 I.3. The "Indoeuropean" World: From the Chinese to the Roman Empire 13 I.4. The Byzantine World, Muslim Hegemony, and the East: The European Medieval Periphery 17 I.5. Unfolding of the World System: From "Modern" Spain of the Sixteenth Century 26 I.6. Modernity as "Management" of Planetary Centrality and Its Contemporary Crisis 32 I.7. The Liberation of Philosophy? 40 Part I: Foundation of Ethics 53 I. The Material Moment of Ethics: Practical Truth 55 1.1. The Human Cerebral Cognitive and Affective-Appetitive System 57 1.2. Utilitarianism 69 1.3. Communitarianism 77 1.4. Some Ethics of Content or Material Ethics 85 1.5. The Criterion and Universal Material Principle of Ethics 92 2. Formal Morality: Intersubjective Validity 108 2.1. The Transcendental Morality of Immanuel Kent 110 2.2. The Neocontractualist Formalism of John Rawls 115 2.3. The "Discourse Ethics" of Karl-Otto Apel 121 2.4. The Moral Majority of Jurgen Habermas 128 2.5. The Criterion of Validity and the Universal, Formal Principle of Morality 141 3. Ethical Feasibility and the "Goodness Claim" 158 3.1 The Pragmatism of Charles S. Pierce 160 3.2. The Pragmatic Realism of Hilary Putnam 167 3.3. The Functional or Formal "System" of Niklas Luhmann 175 3.4. The "Feasibility" of Franz Hinkelammert 181 3.5. The Criterion and the Ethical Principle of Feasibility 186 Part II. Critical Ethics, Antihegemonic Validity, and the Praxis of Liberation 205 4. The Ethical Criticism of the Prevailing System: From the Perspective of the Negativity of the Victims 215 4.1 Marx's Critique of Political Economics 218 4.2. The "Negative" and the "Material" in Critical Theory: Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, and Benjamin 234 4.3. The Dialectics of Drive 250 4.4. The Critical Criterion and the Material or Ethical-Critical Principle 278 5. The Antihegemonic Validity of the Community of Victims 291 5.1. Rigoberta Menchu 293 5.2. The Ethical-Critical Process of Paulo Freire 303 5.3. Functionalist and Critical Paradigms 320 5.4. The "Principle of Hope" of Ernst Bloch 334 5.5. The Critical-Discursive Criterion and the Principle of Validity 342 6. The Liberation Principle 355 6.1. The "Organization Question": From Vanguard toward Symmetric Participation-Theory and Praxis? 359 6.2. The "Issue of the Subject": Emergence of New Sociohistorical Actors 373 6.3. The "Reform-Transformation" Question 388 6.4. The "Question of Violence": Legitimate Coercion, Violence, and the Praxis of Liberation 399 6.5. The Critical Criterion of Feasibility and the Liberation Principle 413 Appendix 1. Some Theses on Order of Appearance in the Text 433 Appendix 2. Sais: Capital of Egypt 447 Notes 453 Bibliography 655 Index 689

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