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The Ethics of Writing: Authorship and Legacy in Plato and Nietzsche

Sean Burke


Beginning amidst the tombs of the ‘dead’ God, and the crematoria at Auschwitz, this book confronts Nietzsche's legacy through the lens of Plato. The key question is how authors can protect against the possible ‘deviant readings’ of future readers and assess ‘the risk of writing’. The author recommends an ethic of ‘discursive containment’. The ethical question is the question of our times. Within critical theory, it has focused on the act of reading. This study reverses the terms of inquiry to analyse the ethical composition of the act of writing. What responsibility does an author bear for his ... More

Keywords: Auschwitz, discursive containment, Nazism, Fascism, Communism, authorial ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748618309
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Burke, author