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Trouble with Strangers. A Study of Ethics. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5228039
  • Book
  • September 2008
  • 360 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In this major new book, Terry Eagleton, one of the world’s greatest cultural theorists, writes with wit, eloquence and clarity on the question of ethics. Providing rare insights into tragedy, politics, literature, morality and religion, Eagleton examines key ethical theories through the framework of Jacques Lacan’s categories of the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real, measuring them against the ‘richer’ ethical resources of socialism and the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
  • a major new book from Terry Eagleton, one of the world’s greatest cultural theorists
  • investigates ethical theories from Aristotle to Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek
  • engages with the whole modern European tradition of thought about ethics
  • brings together personal and political ethics and makes a passionate case for political love
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Preface vi

PART I THE INSISTENCE OF THE IMAGINARY 1

Introduction: The Mirror Stage 1

1 Sentiment and Sensibility 12

2 Francis Hutcheson and David Hume 29

3 Edmund Burke and Adam Smith 62

PART II THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE SYMBOLIC 83

Introduction: The Symbolic Order 83

4 Spinoza and the Death of Desire 91

5 Kant and the Moral Law 101

6 Law and Desire in Measure for Measure 130

PART III THE REIGN OF THE REAL 139

Introduction: Pure Desire 139

7 Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche 154

8 Fictions of the Real 180

9 Levinas, Derrida and Badiou 223

10 The Banality of Goodness 273

Conclusion 317

Index 327

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Terry Eagleton University of Manchester, UK.
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