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  • In this chapter, the author argues that modernist literary experimentation, with its emphasis on revolution, cleared the way for a critical burgeoning of ethical theory in the mid-to late twentieth century. In the twentieth century, four major ethical models emerged from the classical modes of moral philosophy. Vital debate in the field of ethics from the mid-twentieth century was fueled in large part by the innovative and influential writings of Emmanuel Levinas and invigorated by the writings of Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, and Alain Badiou. After surveying Levinas's thought and its potential for understanding modernism, the chapter makes a case for considering the other three ethical systems in the context of modernist studies. Then, it identifies some of the ways in which modernist literary scholars might engage with ethical theories of the late twentieth century. 2013 John Wiley & Sons Limited.

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  • Eide, M.

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  • Eide, Marian

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  • April 2013