Political Responsibility: Responding to Predicaments of Power

Hardcover | May 3, 2016

byAntonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo

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Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have turned to ethics to theorize politics in what seems to be an increasingly depoliticized age. Yet the move toward ethics has obscured the ongoing value of political responsibility and the vibrant life it represents as an effective response to power.

Sounding the alarm for those who care about robust forms of civic engagement, this book fights for a new conception of political responsibility that meets the challenges of today's democratic practice. Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo forcefully argues against the notion that modern predicaments of power can only be addressed ethically or philosophically through pristine concepts that operate outside of the political realm. By returning to the political, the individual is reintroduced to the binding principles of participatory democracy and the burdens of acting and thinking as a member of a collective. Vázquez-Arroyo historicizes the ethical turn to better understand its ascendence and reworks Adorno's dialectic of responsibility to reassert the political in contemporary thought and theory.

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Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have turned to ethics to theorize politics in what seems to be an increasingly depoliticized age. Yet the move toward ethics has obscured the ongoing value of political responsibility and the vibrant life it represents as an effective response to power. Sounding the alarm for those who ca...

Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231174845

ISBN - 13:9780231174848

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Historicizing the Ethical Turn2. Responsibility in History3. Autonomy, Ethics, Intrasubjectivity4. Ethical Reductions5. Adorno and the Dialectic of Responsibility6. Political Ethic, Violence, and DefeatNotesIndex

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A sweeping work of integrative intellectual history, Political Responsibility is a major book in every sense-in the topic it takes on, in its range of reference, and above all in its ambition. It is certain to be a reference point for those debating the future of the field.