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Unbecoming subjects : subject formation and responsibility in the context of Judith Butler's thinking; Unbehagliches Sein im Werden : Subjektwerdung und Verantwortung im Kontext von Judith Butlers Denken

Thiem, Annika
Fonte: Universität Tübingen Publicador: Universität Tübingen
Tipo: Dissertation; info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis
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The manuscript seeks to inquire into poststructuralist theorizing of the contexts and conditions of the subject’s continuous emergence and focuses on the importance of subject formation with regard to ethical theories on responsibility by reading Butler and her authors. Rather than reading Butler as a theorist of gender and sexuality in a narrow sense -- as has been the prevalent way of engaging her work in the existing literature to this day -- this work strives to understand and demonstrate the pertinence of Butler’s thinking for critical theory and philosophy as these are concerned with ethics and with the question of the subject as more broadly construed. I argue that response and responsibility are crucial modes of subject formation. The trajectory of my dissertation -- inquiring into Butler’s readings of Hegel, Nietzsche, Althusser, Levinas, Freud, Foucault, and Kierkegaard -- draws out the implications of what it means to theorize subject formation. Approaching the question of the subject through the question of its emergence offers important avenues to unearth how at their very core subject formation and the enterprise to give an account thereof are ethical questions and have decisive bearings on what kind of ethical theorizing will subsequently become available. Main issues in the manuscript are the precariousness of life...