Book Review: Simon Critchley, Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance
Law, Culture and the Humanities, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2008
6 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2008 Last revised: 29 Jul 2008
Date Written: July 2008
This is a brief review of Simon Critchley's recent book, Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance. In it, he argues that the overriding political-philosophical problem of late modernity is the problem of political motivation. Critchley's book is both an analysis and critique of how that problem has been resolved by ethical and political philosophers since Kant and a defense of his own solution, which he derives primarily from the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and which issues in a call for a form of ethical anarchism. In this review I summarize his arguments and raise some critical questions about his solution, while agreeing with him about the essential nature of the problem of motivation that his book highlights.
Keywords: Critchley, Simon Critchley, anarchism, Levinas, Emmanuel Levinas, ethical philosophy, political philosophy, motivation, political motivation
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