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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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The Ethics and Politics of Vulnerable Bodies

The Ethics and Politics of Vulnerable Bodies

(p.167) 7 The Ethics and Politics of Vulnerable Bodies
Butler and Ethics

Moya Lloyd

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the connections between corporeal vulnerability and ecstatic relationality, and their implications for politics and ethics. It argues that focusing exclusively on vulnerability as injury is to overlook a second sense of vulnerability at work in Butler’s writings: vulnerability as impressionability, which it is argued is central to her understanding of both politics and ethics. It also examines the question of how it is possible to practise ethics and politics in conditions of precarity, and particularly when a specific vulnerability may be neither perceived nor recognized. What, it asks, might be done to facilitate ethical responsiveness in such contexts?

Keywords:   Judith Butler, Ethics, Politics, Vulnerability, The body, Relationality

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