Wonder and Generosity
Their Role in Ethics and Politics
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
Wonder & Generosity: Their Role in Ethics and Politics
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Writing this book has been a real pleasure and has involved endless discussions and support over years. Much of the work has been pre-sented at conferences, and i would like to thank audiences at the austral-asian society for Continental Philosophy, the society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Women’s studies, Feminist ethics and social theory, international association of Women Philosophers, Women in Philosophy, ...
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...this book concerns the ethical and political significance of two passions: wonder and generosity. Wonder is based on accepting others’ differ-ences, and generosity is based on self-respect and mutual respect. When both are cultivated, they supplement each other and form the basis for an ethics and politics. this ethics and politics includes both an acceptance of sexual and cultural difference, for example, and a recognition of our com-...
Chapter 1: Wonder and Generosity
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...to arrive at the constitution of an ethics of sexual difference, we must at least return to what is for descartes the first passion: wonder.as i mentioned in the introduction, the passions of wonder and gen-erosity provide my starting point for thinking about the role of the passions in ethical and political questions. in her book The Ethics of Sexual Difference (1993a), Luce irigaray reads texts in the history of philosophy by ...
Chapter 2: Love and Respect
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...respect is without doubt what is primary, because without it no true love can occur, even though one can harbor great respect for a person descartes’s delineation of the nature of wonder and generosity and iri-garay’s elaboration of the role of wonder in ethics provide an excellent starting point for thinking about ethics. Furthermore, descartes gives a very useful account of how we should cultivate virtuous passions in ourselves. ...
Chapter 3: Responding to Difference and Similarity
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...she refuses to confine herself to her role as female, because she will not accept mutilation; but it would also be a mutilation to repudiate her sex. . . . to renounce her femininity is to renounce a part of her humanity.in this chapter, i would like to elaborate on the question touched on in earlier chapters concerning the relation between sexual differences and other kinds of differences between human beings. i argue that both won-...
Chapter 4: The Relation between Ethics and Politics
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Politics says, “Be ye wise as serpents”; morals adds (as a limiting condition) in the center of moral considerations of human conduct stands the self; in the center of political considerations of conduct stands the world.in the previous chapters, we saw that many important issues straddle the divide between ethics and politics and that many ethical matters can be resolved depending on political circumstances. Furthermore, our ability to ...
Chapter 5: Cosmopolitanism, Hospitality, and Refugees
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...yet this possible abuse cannot annul the right of citizens of the world to try to establish community with all and, to this end, to visit all regions Hospitality is an act or set of acts, rather than a passion or attitude like wonder or generosity, yet both passions and attitudes are important to understanding hospitality. in this chapter, i discuss the concept of hospitality in the context of the moral and political philosophy of cosmopolitanism. ...
Chapter 6: Wonder, Radical Evil, and Forgiveness
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...i declared myself ready to forgive my enemies, and perhaps even to love them, but only when they showed certain signs of repentance, that is when they ceased being enemies. in the opposite case, that of the enemy who remains an enemy, who perseveres in his desire to inflict suffering, it is certain that one must not forgive him: one can try to salvage him, ...
Chapter 7: Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
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...this vicarious responsibility for things we have not done, this taking upon ourselves the consequences for things we are entirely innocent of, is the price we pay for the fact that we live our lives not by ourselves My discussion of evil and forgiveness in the previous chapter leads us to the very important question of the nature and value of official apologies for wrongdoing. are they part of a political life where wonder, ...
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...throughout this book i have argued that our strategies in overcoming oppression, injustice, evil, and abuse must be twofold. We need both generosity, in descartes’s sense of proper self-respect that leads us to regard others with respect, and wonder, as articulated by both descartes and irigaray. We should relate to others as similar to ourselves in the sense of our having the ability to make choices, and as distinct in the choices we make. ...
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Page Count: 268
Publication Year: 2013