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In Giving an Account of Oneself, Butler engages with the work of Adorno, Foucault, Laplanche and Levinas, amongst others, in order to consider ‘how it might be possible to pose the question of moral philosophy’ (2005: 1). What she means by this expression, and what might be at stake in such an inquiry, is to be sought in the conjunction of the ideas, examples, arguments, positions and theories she includes in the discussion, on the one hand; and the socio-cultural climate and politics of the post-September 11 world, and the political issues (the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, media and academic censorship, the Gulf War) at the centre of Precarious Life (2006) and Frames of War (2009), on the other. In this context, giving an account of ...

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