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Read online Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative With the same intellectual courage with which she addressed issues of gender in two earlier best selling Routledge books i Gender Trouble i and i Bodies That Matter i philosopher Judith Butler turns her attention to speech and conduct in contemporary political life looking at several efforts to target speech as conduct that has become subject to political debate and regulation Reviewing hate speech regulations anti pornography arguments and recent controversies about gay self declaration in the military Judith Butler asks whether and how language acts in each of these cultural sites i Excitable Speech i examines the issue of the threatening action of words The book suggests that although language is a kind of performance which has the power to produce political effects and injuries it is best understood as a scene of injury rather than its cause Rather Butler warns us against a sovereign view of language in which the words we speak are construed as unequivocal forms of conduct She shows that the repetition of injurious language can be the occasion of its redefinition Butler illuminates the efficacy of injurious language covering speech act therapy in both philosophical and literary traditions Supreme Court cases hate speech and pornography critics and recent bans on gay speech in the military by Judith Butler

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Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative
Title:Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative
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Number of Pages:200
Category:philosophy, theory, non-fiction, feminism, language, cultural-studies, gender
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Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left, Giving an Account of Oneself, Undoing Gender, Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex", Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence, The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection, Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?, Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death
In her most impassioned and personal book to date Judith Butler responds in this profound appraisal of post America to the current US policies to wage perpetual war and calls for a deeper understanding of how mourning and violence might instead inspire solidarity and a quest for global justice br, Antigone the renowned insurgent from Sophocles s i Oedipus i has long been a feminist icon of defiance But what has remained unclear is whether she escapes from the forms of power that she opposes Antigone proves to be a more ambivalent figure for feminism than has been acknowledged since the form of defiance she exemplifies also leads to her death Butler argues that Antigone represents a form of feminist and sexual agency that is fraught with risk Moreover Antigone shows how the constraints of normative kinship unfairly decide what will and will not be a liveable life, In i Bodies That Matter i renowned theorist and philosopher Judith Butler argues that theories of gender need to return to the most material dimension of sex and sexuality the body Butler offers a brilliant reworking of the body examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the matter of bodies sex and gender Butler argues that power operates to constrain sex from the start delimiting what counts as a viable sex She clarifies the notion of performativity introduced in i Gender Trouble i and via bold readings of Plato Irigaray Lacan and Freud explores the meaning of a citational politics She also draws on documentary and literature with compelling interpretations of the film i Paris is Burning i Nella Larsen s i Passing i and short stories by Willa Cather, What does it mean to lead a moral life In her first extended study of moral philosophy Judith Butler offers a provocative outline for a new ethical practice one responsive to the need for critical autonomy and grounded in a new sense of the human subject Butler takes as her starting point one s ability to answer the questions What have I done and What ought I to do She shows that these question can be answered only by asking a prior question Who is this I who is under an obligation to give an account of itself and to act in certain ways Because I find that I cannot give an account of myself without accounting for the social conditions under which I emerge ethical reflection requires a turn to social theory In three powerfully crafted and lucidly written chapters Butler demonstrates how difficult it is to give an account of oneself and how this lack of self transparency and narratibility is crucial to an ethical understanding of the human In brilliant dialogue with Adorno Levinas Foucault and other thinkers she eloquently argues the limits possibilities and dangers of contemporary ethical thought Butler offers a critique of the moral self arguing that the transparent rational and continuous ethical subject is an impossible construct that seeks to deny the specificity of what it is to be human We can know ourselves only incompletely and only in relation to a broader social world that has always preceded us and already shaped us in ways we cannot grasp If inevitably we are partially opaque to ourselves how can giving an account of ourselves define the ethical act And doesn t an ethical system that holds us impossibly accountable for full self knowledge and self consistency inflict a kind of psychic violence leading to a culture of self beratement and cruelty How does the turn to social theory offer us a chance to understand the specifically social character of our own unknowingness about ourselves In this invaluable book by recasting ethics as a project in which being ethical means becoming critical of norms under which we are asked to act but which we can never fully choose Butler illuminates what it means for us as fallible creatures to create and share an ethics of vulnerability humility and ethical responsiveness