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    The Extraordinary Categorical Imperative.Shalini Satkunanandan - 2011 - Political Theory 39 (2):234-260.
    Many political theorists assume that Kant's categorical imperative can only present itself to politics epistemologically—that is, as a test or procedure for acquiring more certain knowledge of duties. This study retrieves the ontological aspect of the categorical imperative by showing that the Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals is a conversion narrative. In the Groundwork Kant describes a transformative encounter with the categorical imperative as a principle that discloses our ontological condition. This encounter opens a new mode of being characterized (...)
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    Book Review: Worldly Ethics: Democratic Politics and Care for the World, by Ella MyersWorldly Ethics: Democratic Politics and Care for the World, by MyersElla. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013. [REVIEW]Shalini Satkunanandan - 2016 - Political Theory 44 (4):589-593.
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    Drawing Rein: Shame and Reverence in Plato’s Law-Bound Polity and Ours.Shalini Satkunanandan - 2018 - Political Theory 46 (3):331-356.
    Political commentators claim that the rule of law relies, in part, on those bound by law having a sense of shame. I elucidate shame’s underlying structure and its role in law’s rule through a study of aidōs in Plato’s Laws and Phaedrus. The Greek aidōs names a feeling in which one pulls back from violating a limit. It signifies shame, but also reverence, awe, and modesty. I argue that aidōs is an affect in which we pause before limits and are (...)
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  4. Extraordinary Responsibility: Politics Beyond the Moral Calculus.Shalini Satkunanandan - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    Careful attention to contemporary political debates, including those around global warming, the federal debt, and the use of drone strikes on suspected terrorists, reveals that we often view our responsibility as something that can be quantified and discharged. Shalini Satkunanandan shows how Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, Weber, and Heidegger each suggest that this calculative or bookkeeping mindset both belongs to 'morality', understood as part of our ordinary approach to responsibility, and effaces the incalculable, undischargeable, and more onerous dimensions of our responsibility. (...)
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