Rhetorical Theory and Ethics Texts

Texts We’ll Actually Read
(All books are available at the bookstore; and all texts except Lispector are available in pdf form under Files on Canvas.)

  • Ballif, Michelle. “Historiography as Hauntology”
  • Butler, Judith. Giving Account of Oneself
  • Derrida, Jacques. Of Hospitality and “Eating Well”
  • Kant, Immanuel. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
  • Levinas, Emmanuel. Ethics and Infinity and “Substitution”
  • Lispector, Clarice. The Passion According to GH
  • Lyotard, Jean-François. Just Gaming
  • Marder, Michael. “Is it Ethical to Eat Plants?”
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich. Beyond Good and Evil 
  • Rivers, Nathaniel. “Deep Ambivalence and Wild Objects: Toward a Strange Environmentalism.”
  • Ronell, Avital. Stupidity (selection pp. 1-93, and 278-310)

A Few Other Absolutely Essential Texts That We Should Be Reading
Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics
Badiou, Alain. Ethics
Benso, Silvia. The Face of Things: A Different Side of Ethics
Bauman, Zygmunt. Postmodern Ethics
Blanchot, Maurice. The Unavowable Community, The Writing of the Disaster and The Infinite Conversation
Butler, Judith. Giving Account of Oneself
Derrida, Jacques. The Politics of Friendship and On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness
Foucault, Michel. Fearless Speech and The Care of Self
Freud, Sigmund. Totem and Taboo, “Mourning and Melancholia,” Group Psychology
Hegel, G. W. F., Elements of the Philosophy of Right
Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time
IrigarayLuce. An Ethics of Sexual Difference
Kant, Immanuel. The Critique of Judgment and Perpetual Peace and Other Essays
Lacan, Jacque. Ethics of Psychoanalysis
Levinas, Emmanuel. Otherwise than Being, Totality and Infinity and Existence and Existents
Lyotard, The Differend: Phrases in Dispute
Nietzsche, Friedrich. On the Genealogy of Morals and Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Nouvet, Claire. “An Impossible Response: The Disaster of Narcissus”
Plato. The Phaedrus and The Gorgias
Weaver, Richard. Ethics of Rhetoric

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