Political responsibility : responding to predicaments of power / Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo.

by Vázquez Arroyo, Antonio Y., 1976- [author.]Looking glass.

Series: New directions in critical theory: Publisher: New York , New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]Description: xxi, 334 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780231174848; 0231174845.Subject(s): Political ethicsLooking glass | Government accountabilityLooking glass | Power (Social sciences) -- Moral and ethical aspectsLooking glass
Contents:
Introduction -- Historicizing the Ethical Turn -- Responsibility in History -- Autonomy, Ethics, Intrasubjectivity -- Ethical Reductions -- Adorno and the Dialectic of Responsibility -- Political Ethic, Violence, and Defeat.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have turned to ethics to theorize politics in what seems to be an increasingly depoliticized age. Yet the move toward ethics has obscured the ongoing value of political responsibility and the vibrant life it represents as an effective response to power.

Sounding the alarm for those who care about robust forms of civic engagement, this book fights for a new conception of political responsibility that meets the challenges of today's democratic practice. Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo forcefully argues against the notion that modern predicaments of power can only be addressed ethically or philosophically through pristine concepts that operate outside of the political realm. By returning to the political, the individual is reintroduced to the binding principles of participatory democracy and the burdens of acting and thinking as a member of a collective. Vázquez-Arroyo historicizes the ethical turn to better understand its ascendence and reworks Adorno's dialectic of responsibility to reassert the political in contemporary thought and theory.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- Historicizing the Ethical Turn -- Responsibility in History -- Autonomy, Ethics, Intrasubjectivity -- Ethical Reductions -- Adorno and the Dialectic of Responsibility -- Political Ethic, Violence, and Defeat.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xix)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 Historicizing the Ethical Turn (p. 25)
  • 2 Responsibility in History (p. 63)
  • 3 Autonomy, Ethics, Intrasubjectivity (p. 105)
  • 4 Ethical Reductions (p. 139)
  • 5 Adorno and the Dialectic of Responsibility (p. 181)
  • 6 Political Ethic, Violence, and Defeat (p. 209)
  • Notes (p. 257)
  • Index (p. 317)

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CHOICE Review

Vázquez Arroyo turns against what he calls the ethical turn, whereby politics comes to be theorized under the heading of ethics. This turn toward ethics, he argues, is a response to an increasingly depoliticized era (at least for certain understandings of the political). Vázquez-Arroyo sees himself as arguing for a return to the political and therewith a sense of oneself as part of a group. This involves a recognition of one's responsibility to and for this group and its actions, and he conceives the turn toward the political as involving a transcending of the merely ethical or philosophic. This is a book for specialists, and the author is particularly interested in staking out his territory in the discourse of theory. Toward that end, he continually engages wider discussions in theory and political discourse that occurred in the 1980s and the 1990s. Undergraduates will likely find the text mystifying, and only those who are intimately acquainted with the discourse in which the author is situating himself will find much of value here. It is truly a book for specialists, aimed at contributing to a very specific discourse and written for an audience fluent in postmodernese. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Faculty only. --Michael Harding, Montgomery College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark.

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