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Norman Geras

that it might have been as the inventors of monotheism, of ‘an infinite … ethically imperative God’, that the Jews drew upon themselves all the furies released in the course of the Nazi-led assault against them. Representing what he calls the ‘blackmail of perfection’, they perhaps incurred a hatred the more intense because of a recognition at some level by their tormentors of the desirability of the ethical demands embodied in the Jewish tradition. 39 The thesis is of a guilt turned outwards, of resentment focused on a people which had thought to make itself the

in The contract of mutual indifference
John Carter Wood

; moreover, policy-making belonged to ‘the practical statesman’ with experience ‘lacking to the clergy or to the ordinary Christian citizen’. Nonetheless, middle axioms, while abstract, enabled evaluating politics according to how they related to Christian purposes. Oldham defined middle axioms as lying between ‘purely general statements of the ethical demands of the Gospel’ and ‘decisions that have to be made in concrete situations’: they showed the ‘directions’ in which faith should be expressed ‘at a given period and in given circumstances’. 37

in This is your hour
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Elke Schwarz

to this is an ethical demand on the ‘diseased elements’ in a (global) society to submit to being cured – for their own good, and for that of a wider body politic – by the entity in possession of the knowledge, expertise and technology needed to correctly diagnose and treat their sickness. What emerges is thus a hierarchical power relationship, enabled by the socially constructed medical categories of health and illness, and cemented by a moralised technology

in Death machines
Christian Suhr

of the spirits seriously? Does the invisible face of the jinn not place exactly the same ethical demand on me as its human host? Staring into the unsteady eyes of Amir possessing Feisal, I have no time to think about these questions. I press his hand to the ground, Abu Bilal raises his voice, the body shudders with pain. When Abu Bilal first started to read, a Bosnian jinn appeared, but when it finally gave up and left the body, it was immediately replaced by Amir. Amir speaks Arabic in a deep guttural voice. This has happened at previous

in Descending with angels
The unknowable image in The Winter’s Tale
Chloe Porter

that the encounter with Hermione’s incomprehensible image places an ethical demand for a ‘response’ on spectators. 21 In this view, the open-endedness of the final scene demands action on the part of spectators rather than encouraging the relaxed celebration of the ‘inescapable mediacy of language’. 22 Knapp argues that Leontes’s awakening of faith in the image of

in Making and unmaking in early modern English drama
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Elizabeth Dauphinée

it sees as falling under its power, which is essentially everything and everyone. The law is a principle that lives for itself – it is always the law that needs protecting, upholding, and not the individual who is trapped by, beneath, and within the law. If the individual is what is upheld, then the law finds itself in another position, or at least needs to engage in a competition of justification. The concept of difference/deferment implies both a deferral of decision – a detour or delay – and the heterogeneity of difference associated with the ethical demand that

in The ethics of researching war
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Graeme Kirkpatrick

exclusion of values from the technical sphere sees them resurface outside it, so that ‘[t]‌he very same process in which capitalists and technocrats were freed to make technical decisions without regard for the needs of workers and communities generated a wealth of new “values,” ethical demands forced to seek voice discursively’ ( 2002 : 22). Technical politics, then, involves the importation of these discursively formulated values into the technical sphere as currently constituted. It is in light of this that Feenberg argues that one of the goals of the critical theory

in Technical politics
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Jes Wienberg

loss involved and nothing to compensate for. Hence, nostalgia does not suffice to understand and explain the multifaceted relationship of the present to the past. Nostalgia becomes attached to the beautiful perspective with its therapeutic narratives. But historical consciousness, museums, monuments, architecture, and novels are about things other and more than beauty, and the same applies to tourism. Enlightenment knowledge and the ethical demand constitute motives, too, particularly in the emergence of museums and canonisation of monuments. When Fritzsche wrote

in Heritopia