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'(A) consistently interesting and provocative work, which offers a great deal in seven chapters. It marks an innovative interdisciplinary approach to questions of embodiment and subjectivity' - Disability and Society 'This is an elegantly written book which has, as its main aim, to rethink the idea of difference in the western imaginary through a consideration of two themes: monsters and how these have come to define, but potentially to deconstruct, normality; and the whole idea of vulnerability and the vulnerable and the extent to which such a state is one that all of us are constantly in danger of entering … The theoretical and philosophical content - Derrida, Lacan, Foucault, Irrigaray, Butler, Levinas, and Haraway in particular - together with the range of empirical examples ...

Levinas and Vulnerable Becoming
Levinas and vulnerable becoming

The question of vulnerability, as I have developed it in the last chapter, is one that has played a strictly limited part in normative ethics, and still less has it been explored in any depth in ontological philosophy. There is, however, in the work of Emmanuel Levinas a thoroughgoing attempt to position vulnerability as the mobilising feature of an ethics that precedes and thus constitutes the ontological moment. Rather than seeing ethics and ontology as mutually constitutive and inextricable – as I have so far done – Levinas suggests that we should reverse entirely the order of the western convention in which an already self-identified subject engages as an agent in the moral landscape. According to Levinas, it ...

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