Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Butler's public lecture will be her most recent thinking on 'Giving an account of oneself'.
The poststructuralist critique of the subject has been criticized for offering only an opaque, divided, or incoherent theory of the moral subject. Can one assume responsibility and give an account of oneself if one is partially opaque to oneself, inconsistent or divided? Butler suggests here that the opacity of the subject is a necessary dimension of it sociality, and that the emergence of the subject depends on social relations and social norms that are never fully thematizable. As a consequence, the ways in which we fail to be able to give a full account of ourselves refer to those dimensions of relationality that are crucial to any ethical philosophy. In effect, Butler here tries not only to offer an ethical philosophy for poststructuralism, but suggests that any account of oneself requires a turn to social theory and critique. Otherwise, moral philosophy becomes ethical violence.
College of Arts, Education, and Social Sciences and the Narrative, Discourse and Pedagogy Research Concentration present:
Giving an Account of Oneself — A public lecture by Judith Butler
Saturday 18th June 2005
Venue: The City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney AUSTRALIA
2 pm. The presentation, including question time, will conclude at approximately 4 pm.
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