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An Anthropology of Ethics

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Part of New Departures in Anthropology

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521181952

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  • Through an ambitious and critical revision of Michel Foucault's investigation of ethics, James Faubion develops an original program of empirical inquiry into the ethical domain. From an anthropological perspective, Faubion argues that Foucault's specification of the analytical parameters of this domain is the most productive point of departure in conceptualizing its distinctive features. He further argues that Foucault's framework is in need of substantial revision to be of genuinely anthropological scope. In making this revision, Faubion illustrates his program with two extended case studies: one of a Portuguese marquis and the other of a dual subject made up of the author and a millenarian prophetess. The result is a conceptual apparatus that is able to accommodate ethical pluralism and yield an account of the limits of ethical variation, providing a novel resolution of the problem of relativism that has haunted anthropological inquiry into ethics since its inception.

    • An ambitious and critical revision of Michel Foucault's investigation of ethics
    • The first accessible overview of empirical enquiry into ethics with genuinely anthropological scope
    • Will appeal to readers in anthropology looking beyond ethnographic case studies, and to those seeking a methodological alternative to moral philosophy
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    'This erudite, enlightening, and engaging book will make a significant contribution to what Faubion calls an anthropology of ethics as well as anthropology in general.' Anthropos

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521181952
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. An Anthropology of Ethics:
    1. Precedents, parameters, potentials
    2. Foucault in Athens
    3. Ethical others
    Part II. Fieldwork in Ethics:
    4. An ethics of composure
    5. An ethics of reckoning
    Concluding remarks: for programmatic inquiries
    Bibliography.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Anthropology and Ethics
    • Bioethics
    • Cultural Anthropology
  • Author

    James D. Faubion, Rice University, Houston
    James D. Faubion is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Studies at Rice University. In addition to ethics, his interests include epistemic authority, kinship, social and cultural theory, aesthetics, heterodoxy and radicalism. He has published widely on his research interests, including The Shadows and Lights of Waco: Millennialism Today (2001) and two edited volumes of Essential Works of Michel Foucault (1998 and 2000).

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