Title

Just speech: The grammar of an ethics beyond essence

Date of Award

12-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Religion

Advisor(s)

Ernest Wallwork

Keywords

Ethics, Essence, Grammatical therapy, Emmanuel Levinas, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Immanuel Kant

Subject Categories

Ethics in Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

This dissertation traces the entanglement of the problems of representation with the problems of ethics through the work of Immanuel Kant, Emmanuel Levinas, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. The framework for this project is set by reading the ethical concerns of Kant's Second Critique in light of the issues of representation and adjudication in the First and Third Critiques. This work then moves to consider the development of Emmanuel Levinas's philosophy, through his engagement with Husserl, Heidegger, and Derrida, as the culminating expression of these intertwined problematics. Finally, the grammatical therapy of Ludwig Wittgenstein's later work is juxtaposed with this line of inquiry to provide an alternative mode of approaching ethics after ethical discourse has become suspicious of itself.

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