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Butler and Ethics

Edited by Moya Lloyd

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9 essays give the first sustained evaluation of Judith Butler's alleged ethical turn

Judith Butler is best known for Gender Trouble (1990), the book that introduced the idea of gender performativity. However, with the publication of Giving an Account of Oneself in 2005, it appeared that her work had taken a different turn: away from considerations of sex, gender, sexuality and politics, and towards ethics.

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Moya Lloyd

  1. Signifying Otherwise: Liveability and Language
    Nathan Gies
  2. Undoing Ethics: Butler on Precarity, Opacity and Responsibility
    Catherine Mills
  3. Butler’s Ethical Appeal: Being, Feeling, Acting Responsible
    Sara Rushing
  4. Violence, Affect, Ethics
    Birgit Schippers
  5. Sensate Democracy and Grievable Life
    Fiona Jenkins
  6. Two Regimes of the Human: Butler and the Politics of Mattering
    Drew Walker
  7. The Ethics and Politics of Vulnerable Bodies
    Moya Lloyd
  8. Subjectivation, the Social, and a (Missing) Account of the Social Formation: Judith Butler’s ‘Turn’
    Samuel A. Chambers

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About the Author

Moya Lloyd is Professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University. She is author of Beyond Identity Politics: Feminism, Power and Politics (Sage, 2005) and Judith Butler: From Norms to Politics (Polity, 2007). She is co-author of Political Ideologies: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2003) and Contemporary Social and Political Theory: An Introduction (Open University Press, 1998). She is co-editor of The Impact of Michel Foucault on the Social Sciences and Humanities (Macmillan, 1997).


There is no better guide to Judith Butler’s work to date, and to the ‘ethical turn’ debate about it, than this carefully structured volume. Lloyd and her contributors tackle all the definitional questions, including the concept of ethics itself, as well as key terms, including grief, liveability, vulnerability and violence.

- Terrell Carver, Professor of Political Theory, University of Bristol

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