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Salvaging Self in Bauman's Postmodern Ethics


Hookway, NS, Salvaging Self in Bauman's Postmodern Ethics, TASA 2013 Conference Proceedings, 25-28 November 2013, Melbourne, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9780646911267 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Bauman’s (1993) postmodern ethics signalled an important new direction from the orthodoxy of a Durkheimian ‘society’ realised morality. This article argues that Bauman’s postmodern ethics, built on the Levinasian notion of ‘being for the Other’, misses the particular and embodied aspects of moral sociality and effaces the self in endless responsibility to the Other. Taylor’s (1992) ‘ethics of authenticity’ and Foucault’s ‘care for the self’ are argued to be important in reasserting the self removed from Bauman’s ‘moral saint’.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:authenticity, Bauman, body, emotions, ethics, morality, self
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social theory
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Hookway, NS (Dr Nicholas Hookway)
ID Code:87100
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-11-07
Last Modified:2018-03-15

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