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Butler and Ethics$
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Moya Lloyd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748678846

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678846.001.0001

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Butler’s Ethical Appeal

Butler’s Ethical Appeal

Being, Feeling and Acting Responsible

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(p.65) 3 Butler’s Ethical Appeal
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Butler and Ethics
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Sara Rushing

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678846.003.0004

In Precarious Life and Giving an Account of Oneself, Judith Butler seemed to follow Levinas in suggesting the facticity of ethics: we have a responsibility to others, regardless of how we feel about it (or them). In Frames of War, however, ‘affect’ figures prominently for ethical responsiveness. But while the word runs heavily through this text the idea of affect remains under-theorised. This chapter examines what Butler means by affect, consider why she invokes affect, and examine how she thinks we can restructure our senses to be ’private resources’ for ethical responsiveness.

Keywords:   Judith Butler, Ethics, Affect, Politics, Responsibility, Responsiveness

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