Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance (Hardback)
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Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance (Hardback)

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Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 17/05/2007
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Infinitely Demanding is the clearest, boldest and most systematic of Simon Critchley's influential views on philosophy, ethics and politics. Part diagnosis of the times, part theoretical analysis of the impasses and possibilities of ethics and politics, part manifesto Infinitely Demandind identifies a massive political disappointment at the heart of liberal democracy and argues that what is called for is an ethics of commitment thatn can inform a radical politics. exploring the problem of ethics in Kant, Levinas, Badiou and Lacan that leads to a conception of subjectivity based on the infinite responsibility of an ethical demand, Critchley considers the possibility of political subjectivity and action after Marx and Marxism. Infinitely Demanding culminates in an argument for anarchism as an ethical practice and a renovating means of political organization.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844671212
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 284 g
Dimensions: 203 x 137 x 18 mm


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Infinitely Demanding is a profound reflection on contemporary ethical theory which articulates, in a very original and insightful way, most of the themes which have informed normative reflection of the last few decades. It is essential reading for the years to come. -- Ernesto Laclau
Simon Critchley is the most powerful and provocative philosopher now writing about the complex relations of ethical subjectivity and reinvigorated democracy. His subtle readings of Badiou, Logstrup and Levinas as well as Marx, Gramsci and Laclau are a gem. And his humour-inflected notions of commitment and resistance are refreshing in our nihilistic times. -- Cornel West, Princeton University
Simon Critchley's book is remarkable in terms of its clarity, emotion, and energy. Combining close readings of both classical and modern writers with the data of his own experience, Critchley puts forward a theory of fundamental anarchism baacked up by a vigorous ethical commitment. Reading and discussing this essay is utterly essential. -- Alain Badiou
Today we are bombarded from all sides by different versions of the superego injunction ENJOY!-realize your potentials, have a good time, find your inner peace with meditation. Critchley's book disturbs this complacency with a more than timely reminder that ethics is at its roots a responsibility towards Otherness-you should love your neighbor MORE than yourself! -- Slavoj Zizek

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