An Anthropology of Ethics

James D. Faubion

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Through an ambitious and critical revision of Michel Foucault’s investigation of ethics, James Faubion develops an original program of empirical inquiry into the ethical domain. From an anthropological perspective, Faubion argues that Foucault’s specification of the analytical parameters of this domain is the most productive point of departure in conceptualizing its distinctive features. He further argues that Foucault’s framework is in need of substantial revision to be of genuinely anthropological scope. In making this revision, Faubion illustrates his program with two extended case studies: one of a Portuguese marquis and the other of a dual subject made up of the author and a millenarian prophetess. The result is a conceptual apparatus that is able to accommodate ethical pluralism and yield an account of the limits of ethical variation, providing a novel resolution of the problem of relativism that has haunted anthropological inquiry into ethics since its inception.

Table of contents 

Cover……Page 1
Half-title……Page 3
Series-title……Page 5
Title……Page 7
Copyright……Page 8
Dedication……Page 9
Contents……Page 11
Acknowledgments……Page 12
Part I: An anthropology of ethics……Page 13
One: Precedents, parameters, potentials……Page 15
From flesh to virtue……Page 37
Ethics under analysis……Page 48
Besides and beyond the rule……Page 63
Recruitment and selection……Page 72
Scope, structure and priority……Page 78
The mode of ethical judgment……Page 81
Justness and the other……Page 83
The charismatic and the ethical……Page 92
Modes of ethical evaluation……Page 102
Ethical value……Page 107
Ethical value and identity……Page 109
From the ethical to the themitical……Page 116
Coda: the schematic parameters of the ethical domain……Page 127
Part II: Fieldwork in ethics……Page 129
Four: An ethics of composure……Page 131
What has been given……Page 134
Subjectivation: recruitment……Page 138
Mode of Subjectivation: Selection……Page 166
Mode of judgment: ethical valuation and ethical justification……Page 180
Mode of subjectivation: scope, structure and priority……Page 190
Telos……Page 198
Substance……Page 201
Pedagogy……Page 206
Reflexive……Page 208
Afterword……Page 213
Five: An ethics of reckoning……Page 215
The ungiven……Page 216
Mode of subjectification: selection and recruitment……Page 223
Mode of judgment: ethical valuation and justification……Page 244
Mode of subjectivation: scope, structure and priority……Page 255
Telos……Page 266
Substance……Page 268
Askêsis: pedagogical……Page 272
Pedagogy: reflexive……Page 276
Concluding remarks: for programmatic inquiries……Page 280
References……Page 289
Index……Page 307

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