Giving an Account of Oneself

  title={Giving an Account of Oneself},
  author={J. Butler},
  pages={22 - 40}
  • J. Butler
  • Published 25 February 2004
  • Philosophy
  • Diacritics
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… 
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