Enrique Dussel’s Ethics of Liberation: An Introduction

Cham: Springer Verlag (2018)
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Abstract

This book introduces the methodology and basic concepts of Dussel’s ethics of liberation. Enrique Dussel is one of the principal founders of the philosophy of liberation in Latin America. Frederick B. Mills discusses how, for Dussel, we can realize our co-responsibility for human life by responding, in accord with ethical principles, to the appeals of victims of the prevailing capital system. Mills shows how these principles, when subsumed in the political and economic fields, aim at overcoming the ongoing assault on human life and nature and provide a moral compass for forging a path to liberation. He makes the case that the study of Dussel is critical to the understanding of liberatory thought in Latin America today. This book aims to introduce the ethics of liberation to a broader audience in the Global North where Dussel's ideas are urgently relevant to progressive political and economic theory and praxis.

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Chapters

Conclusion: Toward a Transmodern Pluriverse

Chapter 7, Towards a Transmodern Pluriverse, discusses how Enrique Dussel’s ethics of liberation actively promotes a worldwide intercultural philosophical dialogue. These South-South as well as North-South dialogues, are inspired by the decolonizing efforts of a diversity of liberatory projects. The... see more

The Ethical Dimension of Economics

Chapter 6, The Ethical Dimension of Economics, examines Dussel’s detailed study of the work of Karl Marx. Dussel interprets Marxism as an ethics of liberation which deploys an analectic method. Dussel argues that living labor, for Marx, retains a certain exteriority to the economic system despite be... see more

The Ethical Dimension of Politics

Chapter 5, The Ethical Dimension of Politics, articulates the subsumption of the ethical principles into norms of critical political rationality. When constituted power of the state and other institutions become corrupt and are no longer obedient to constituents, constituents face the challenge of r... see more

The Ethical Principles

Chapter 4, on The Ethical Principles, articulates the grounds and content of the material, formal and feasibility ethical principles. The material principle requires that we promote the growth of human life in community and in harmony with nature. The formal principle requires that we use symmetrica... see more

The Analectic Method

Chapter 3, on the Analectic Method offers an account of the transition from everyday naive involvement in the world to critical ethical consciousness and from dialectical to ana-dialectical methodology. It discusses the impact of Levinas’s work on Dussel’s account of the key moment of these transiti... see more

Totality and Alterity

Chapter 2, on Totality and Alterity, defines these two major categories of Enrique Dussel’s ontology and metaphysics. It examines Dussel’s critical adoption of Martin Heidegger’s early existential ontology to explain the concept of totality of sense. It also discusses Dussel’s interpretation of Emma... see more

Introduction: The Path to Liberation

Chapter 1, Introduction, summarizes the content of the chapters, which present Enrique Dussel’s ethics of liberation in terms of the analectic method, the ethical principles, and the subsumption of these principles in the political and economic fields. It also provides a short biography of Dussel, i... see more

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