On “The Ethics of Not-Wanting” or on the End of Ethics Cover Image

Apie “Ne-Noro Etikà” Arba Apie Tai, Kur Baigiasi Etika
On “The Ethics of Not-Wanting” or on the End of Ethics

Author(s): Jurgita Imbrasaitė
Subject(s): Epistemology, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Ontology
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: “ethics of Not-Wanting”; nothingness; death; “between-Two-Ones”; ideology of life; today;

Summary/Abstract: This article is a step into the broad question: where do we stand with ethics today? including a circumspect search for the possible locus of "the today" viewed from the perspective of the contemporary shift in ethics. It discusses a specific observation of a change in ethics on the occidental terrain made by Slovenian philosopher Alenka Zupancic. She introduced "the ethics of Not-Wanting" as a concept for describing the contemporary situation of moral decay which brings up in the moral-philosophy the worry about the end of ethics at all. This situation expresses a change from the ascetic ideal of wanting Nothingness (Nietzsche) to the loss of wanting in general. Nevertheless, this shift is closely related to or is based on the emergence of a new ideology of life in the civil society which was described by the French thinker Michel Foucault. The aim is to analyze the "ethics of Not-Wanting" by observing the shift along the differentiation from the classical ethics, emphasizing the catalysts for this shift and connecting them to the development of the ideology of life.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 60
  • Page Range: 192-199
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Lithuanian