Contemporary Political Theory 9 (3):284-303 (2010)

Abstract
The question of Judith Butler's ‘politics’ and their normative justification has been raised by critics and supporters alike for some time. The number of recent texts dedicated to this topic suggests that it remains an unresolved and still pressing question. I argue that in order to identify and evaluate the political implications of Butler's work, we must first recognize the relationship and distinction between four vectors of her thinking: her diagnosis of the human condition, her expression of specific normative aspirations, her defense of a distinct ethical comportment and finally her theory of political engagement. I conclude that Butler implicitly counsels the cultivation of certain ethical dispositions, including generosity, humility, patience and restraint, as part of a practice of preparing to engage in a kind of politics that breaks radically with the mastery- and sovereignty-seeking variety all too familiar to us in contemporary times.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1057/cpt.2009.14
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 56,913
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Subject, Psyche and Agency.L. McNay - 1999 - Theory, Culture and Society 16 (2):175-193.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Preparing for Politics: Judith Butler's Ethical Dispositions.Sara Rushing - 2010 - Contemporary Political Theory 9 (3):284.
Preparing for Politics: Judith Butler's Ethical Dispositions.Cécile Fabre - 2010 - Contemporary Political Theory 9 (3):284-303.
Performativity, Parody, Politics.Moya Lloyd - 1999 - Theory, Culture and Society 16 (2):195-213.
Judith Butler and an Ethics of Humanization.Hülya Şimga - 2014 - Dialogue and Universalism 24 (3):166-173.
Butler's Phenomenological Existentialism.Diana Coole - 2008 - In Terrell Carver & Samuel Allen Chambers (eds.), Judith Butler's Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters. Routledge.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2016-06-04

Total views
31 ( #332,986 of 2,409,610 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #245,496 of 2,409,610 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes