Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics

Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics

By: Terry Eagleton (author)Paperback

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In this major new book, Terry Eagleton, one of the world's greatest cultural theorists, writes with wit, eloquence and clarity on the question of ethics. Providing rare insights into tragedy, politics, literature, morality and religion, Eagleton examines key ethical theories through the framework of Jacques Lacan's categories of the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real, measuring them against the 'richer' ethical resources of socialism and the Judaeo-Christian tradition. a major new book from Terry Eagleton, one of the world's greatest cultural theorists investigates ethical theories from Aristotle to Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek engages with the whole modern European tradition of thought about ethics brings together personal and political ethics and makes a passionate case for political love

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Terry Eagleton is John Edward Taylor Professor of English Literature at the University of Manchester. His recent publications include How to Read a Poem (2006), The English Nove l (2004), Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic (2003), The Idea of Culture (2000), Scholars and Rebels in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (1999), and The Illusions of Postmodernism (1996), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.


Preface vi PART I THE INSISTENCE OF THE IMAGINARY 1 Introduction : The Mirror Stage 1 1 Sentiment and Sensibility 12 2 Francis Hutcheson and David Hume 29 3 Edmund Burke and Adam Smith 62 PART II THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE SYMBOLIC 83 Introduction : The Symbolic Order 83 4 Spinoza and the Death of Desire 91 5 Kant and the Moral Law 101 6 Law and Desire in Measure for Measure 130 PART III THE REIGN OF THE REAL 139 Introduction : Pure Desire 139 7 Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche 154 8 Fictions of the Real 180 9 Levinas, Derrida and Badiou 223 10 The Banality of Goodness 273 Conclusion 317 Index 327

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/09/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781405185721
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781405185721
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 1405185724

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