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Giving an Account of Oneself Paperback – October 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0823225040 ISBN-10: 0823225046 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 4 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823225046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823225040
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In stunningly original interpretations of Adorno and Levinas, . . .Judith Butler compellingly demonstrates that questions of ethicscannot avoid addressing the moral self's complicity with violence.By laying out the premises of a creative rereading, this studyproves that the discussion of these two authors and their futurelegacy has, in a sense, barely begun. Butler writes in a trulySpinozistic spirit, mobilizing the greatest forces and joys ofphilosophical intelligence to counteract and redirect the cruelestand most destructive of human passions. Brilliantly argued andbeautifully written, Giving an Account of Oneself is destinedto become a classic, a must read for philosophers and students ofpresent-day culture and politics alike."--Hent de Vries,The Johns Hopkins University


"A brave book by a courageous thinker."--Hayden White, University of California and Stanford University


"In a time when moral certitude is used to justify the worst violence, Butler's nuanced reworking of what it means to be ethically responsible to ourselves and to others is welcome indeed."--Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University


"A powerful exploration of the intersection of identity and responsibility, Giving an Account of Oneself shows us Judith Butler at her best, in dialogue with some of the other foremost thinkers of our age: Adorno, Foucault, Levinas, and Laplanche. Confronting the problem of identities that emerge only in relation to social and moral norms they may seek to contest, she proposes a rethinking of responsibility in relation to the limits of self-understanding that make us human."--Jonathan Culler, Cornell University


About the Author


Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. The most recent of her books are Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence (Verso, 2004) and Undoing Gender (Routledge, 2004).

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Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Psychic Life of Power, Excitable Speech, Bodies that Matter, Gender Trouble, Frames of War, and with Slavoj Zizek and Ernesto Laclau, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality.






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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela Covalt on August 30, 2013
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The chapters in this work are more-or-less discrete essays on a range of topics, all well-considered and cogent. I am particularly enamored of her chapter on governmentality and the resurrection of sovereignty.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel on September 9, 2012
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This is really a good read. It is a very challenging read, but it is also extremely relevant and rewarding. I highly recommend this book.
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15 of 73 people found the following review helpful By QuixoticOther on May 20, 2007
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This book is terrific! I recomend it to anyone familiar with Butler's work (though it is very distinct from much of her older work) or for anyone who thinks it looks even the slightest bit interesting. Even if you disagree with Butler, the book won't disappoint!
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