Frontmatter

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Title Page

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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

The chapters of this book were originally given as the Spinoza Lectures for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam in the spring of 2002. I am grateful to Hent de Vries for extending that generous invitation and for the opportunity to work...

Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

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Chapter 1: An Account of Oneself

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pp. 3-40

I would like to begin by considering how it might be possible to pose the question of moral philosophy, a question that has to do with conduct and, hence, with doing, within a contemporary social frame. To pose this question in this way is already to admit to a prior thesis, namely, that moral questions not only emerge in the...

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Chapter 2: Against Ethical Violence

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pp. 41-82

An ability to affirm what is contingent and incoherent in oneself may allow one to affirm others who may or may not ‘‘mirror’’ one’s own constitution. There is, after all, always the tacit operation of the mirror in Hegel’s concept of reciprocal recognition, since I must somehow see that the other is like me, and see that the other is...

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Chapter 3: Responsibility

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pp. 83-136

So, according to the kind of theory I have been pursuing here, what will responsibility look like? Haven’t we, by insisting on something non-narrativizable, limited the degree to which we might hold ourselves or others accountable for their actions? I want to suggest that the very meaning of responsibility must be rethought on the basis of...

Notes

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pp. 137-146

Index

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pp. 147-149