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Chapter Six: Ethics

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Chapter Summary

Ethics assumes multiple others with whom and between whom social relations are problematic, thereby seeing its task as overcoming those problems in order to make social relations operate in a more improved manner. The author begins by asking a preliminary question: how is the 'other', a given of so much ethics, produced in the first place? Is it needed for the formation of the self or is the discourse of ethics itself responsible for producing the 'other'? The answer is that the discourse of ethics does so, but in the process it obfuscates its arrogation of other discourses that also produce others, as well as concealing the socio-economic connections that enable such productions. The result is that ethics gives the impression that the other is a given upon which ethics may set to work. Concealment requires further interrogation, specifically in terms of its biblical and class dimensions.

Keywords: biblical dimensions; class dimensions; ethics; socio-economic connections

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