This chapter attempts to situate Judith Butler’s discussion of ethics in terms of a broader context of debate. It begins by addressing questions of how ethics might be defined, before moving on to consider what is meant by the ‘ethical turn’ and how critics have situated Butler’s work in relation to that turn. It introduces questions about the relation between ethics and politics, and identifies key themes in Butler’s writings, including the body, vulnerability, precariousness, grievability, and violence.
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