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An impossible demand: Deconstructive ethics and Zen Buddhist discourse

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The aim of this thesis is to situate Derridian deconstruction along side Zen Buddhism in order to accomplish two things. The first is to illuminate a sense of the ethical in Derridian discourse. The sense of the ethical found in Derrida marks a radical departure from the conventional conception of normative ethics found in Kant and others. Understood in light of Levinas' work on ethics, Derrida's deconstructive ethics offers a new way of engaging in relations with the other. Second, by situating the "methodology" of Derridian deconstruction, now understood as a deconstructive ethics, with Zen encounter dialogues, Derrida's notion of "democracy to come" is relocated in a more global context, freeing his "promise of democracy" from its Eurocentric place in Derrida's work.

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Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-01, page: 6200.; Chair: Amy Oliver.; Thesis (M.A.)--American University, 2005.

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