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The ethics of writing : authorship and legacy in Plato and Nietzsche

Author: Sean Burke
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2010.
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What responsibility does an author bear for his legacy? Do 'catastrophic' misreadings of authors, as we have seen with totaliatarian readings of Plato and fascist interpretations of Nietzsche, testify to authorial recklessness? These and other questions are the starting point for a new theory of authorial ethics. Continuing the mission of the 'returned author' begun in his pioneering book The Death and Return of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Burke
ISBN: 9780748641796 0748641793
OCLC Number: 640081108
Description: xii, 243 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Friedrich Nietzsche in Auschwitz, or the Posthumous Return of the Author ----
Introduction: The Responsibilities of the Writer ----
1. The Risk of Writing: Responsibility and Unintended Outcomes ---
2. The Origins of Authorial Agency ----
I. The Ethical Opening. 1. Speech and Writing: the Aporia ---
2. The Birth of Philosophy out of the Spirit of Writing ---
3. Dionysian Orality versus Socratic 'Inscription' ---
4. The Internal Scribe and the Athenian Legislator ----
II. The Ethics of Legacy. 1. The Ethics of Question and Answer ---
2. Suitable and Unsuitable Readers ---
III. Signature and Authorship in the Phaedrus. 1. Oral versus Graphic Signatures ---
2. Science and Signature ---
3. Dialectic and Mathematics: Iterability and the Ethics of Writing ---
4. Dialectic and the (Anxious) Origins of Authorship: Tribunal and Signature in the Phaedrus ----
V. The Textual Estate: Nietzsche and Authorial Responsibility. 1. Counter-philosophy ---
2. Mixed Genres ---
3. The Will-to-Power as Work of Art ---
4. Signature and the Ethical Future ---
5. The Estate Settled? ----
Conclusion: Creativity versus Containment: The Aesthetic Defence.
Responsibility: Seán Burke.

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The ethical question is the question of our times. Within critical theory, it has focused on the act of reading. This original and courageous study reverses the terms of inquiry to analyse the  Read more...

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