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In a work that brings a new field altering perspective as well as new tools to the history of philosophy, Karen S. Feldman offers a powerful and elegantly written account of how philosophical language appears to "produce" the very thing here, "conscience" that it seems to be discovering or describing. Conscience, as Binding Words convincingly argues, can only ever be understood, interpreted, and made effective through tropes and figures of language. The question this raises, and the one that interests Feldman here is: If conscience has no tangible, literal referent to which we can apply, then where does it get its "binding force?"

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: On Metaphor, Conscience, and Bindingness
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. 1 Hobbes’s Leviathan: Conscience and the Concealments of Metaphor
  2. pp. 19-47
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  1. 2 Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: The Performative Successes and Rhetorical Failures of Conscience
  2. pp. 48-79
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  1. 3 Heidegger’s Being and Time: Not “About” Being
  2. pp. 80-103
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  1. Conclusion: The Frailties of Guarantee
  2. pp. 104-110
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 111-136
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 137-154
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 155-158
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