FROM INNATE MORALITY TOWARDS A NEW POLITICAL ETHOS

SIMONE WEIL WITH CAROL GILLIGAN AND JUDITH BUTLER

Authors

  • Aviad Heifetz Open University of Israel. https://www.openu.ac.il/en/personalsites/ProfAviadHeifetz.aspx

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21814/eps.4.1.195

Abstract

In 1943, Simone Weil proposed to supersede the declaration of human rights with a declaration of obligations towards every human being's balancing pairs of body and soul's needs, for engaging and inspiring more effectively against autocratic and populist currents in times of crisis. We claim that Weil's proposal, which remains pertinent today, may have been sidestepped because her notion of needs lacked a fundamental dimension of relationality, prominent in the 'philosophical anthropology' underlying the (different) visions for a new political ethos of both Judith Butler and Carol Gilligan. From the radical starting point of innate morality common to all three thinkers, we therefore indicate how an enriched notion of interlaced needs, encompassing both balance and relationality, may restore the viability of a declaration of human obligations as a robust source of inspiration. In this combination of balance and relationality, Butler's notion of aggressive nonviolence is key.

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Published

2021-08-06

How to Cite

Heifetz, A. . (2021). FROM INNATE MORALITY TOWARDS A NEW POLITICAL ETHOS: SIMONE WEIL WITH CAROL GILLIGAN AND JUDITH BUTLER. Ethics, Politics & Society, 4(1), 175-188. https://doi.org/10.21814/eps.4.1.195

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5th BRAGA COLLOQUIUM IN THE HISTORY OF MORAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY