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Judith Butler: Ethics, Poetics and Freedom

Abstract

Judith Butler’s significant influence on feminism and queer theory is widely known. However, Butler’s work as a critical reader of the philosophical canon is less widely received. Our presentations explore three essays connecting Butler’s appropriations of philosophical thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas, Friedrich Nietzsche and Baruch Spinoza to real-world problems of ethics, poetics and political rhetoric. Catherine Fisher considers the ethical poetics and political possibilities of Paul Celan’s poetry. Alex Pitts addresses the possibility of ethics in oppressive political situations. Daniel Whalen connects current anti-Semitic rhetoric to a Jewish ethics of non-violence. Together, our presentations argue for the influence of Butler’s work in addressing current, practical problems.

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Julia Ireland

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Identity, Ethics and Memory

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Reid G02

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Oral Presentation

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Judith Butler: Ethics, Poetics and Freedom

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Judith Butler’s significant influence on feminism and queer theory is widely known. However, Butler’s work as a critical reader of the philosophical canon is less widely received. Our presentations explore three essays connecting Butler’s appropriations of philosophical thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas, Friedrich Nietzsche and Baruch Spinoza to real-world problems of ethics, poetics and political rhetoric. Catherine Fisher considers the ethical poetics and political possibilities of Paul Celan’s poetry. Alex Pitts addresses the possibility of ethics in oppressive political situations. Daniel Whalen connects current anti-Semitic rhetoric to a Jewish ethics of non-violence. Together, our presentations argue for the influence of Butler’s work in addressing current, practical problems.

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