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Ethics beyond technics
Elke Schwarz

indeterminacy of ethics lies (Bauman 2012 : 214; Braidotti 2011 : 302; Dauphinee 2009 : 243). Similarly, for Derrida, it is in precisely this moment of an ethical demand being made that requires a decision that ethics unfolds (Raffoul 2008 : 273). It is the very impossibility of knowing the ‘right decision’ that makes ethics possible and that requires that ethics is considered not in a universalised and universalising abstract set of rules but with each encounter

in Death machines
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
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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