Sustaining Affirmation: The Strengths of Weak Ontology in Political Theory

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INDEX
abundance: fugitive, 120–22, 134; ontological figuration of, 128–29
aesthetic-affective dimension: in Heidegger, 28; in Kateb's ontology, 23–24; in Taylor's theism, 57–69; of weak ontologies, 10
aestheticism: democratic (Kateb), 23–25, 32–34, 38–41; unconscious (Kateb), 24
agency: conscience as site of, 86–87; and power (Butler), 85
Althusser, Louis, 81–82, 85, 91
amoral sources: in Connolly, 107, 127, 13236; in Kateb, 29; in Nietzsche, 67
articulation: function of (Taylor), 46–47, 55–56; of moral sources (Taylor), 72
attachment to existence: in Kateb, 28; in Taylor, 47
autonomy, individual: cultural integrity and (Taylor), 73–74; in liberalism, 72–73
being: Es gibt of Heidegger, 94, 109; as fugitive abundance (Connolly), 121–22, 134; in Heidegger's notion of Gestell,94, 111; Heidegger's Sein,4; as potentiality (Butler), 92; visceral presence of (Connolly), 110–11. See also human being
Bentham, Jeremy, 51
body, the: Butler's account of, 83–84; materialities pertaining to (Butler), 96
Camus, Albert, 66
Caputo, John, 135n75
certainty: strong ontology empowers, 7, 114
communitarianism: Kateb's criticism of, 18; ontological themes in, 5
connectedness: democratic (Kateb), 31; receptivity builds (Kateb), 26; relation tofoundatio democratic justice, 35
conscience: formation of (Butler), 85–86
constellations, ontological: goodness of moral sources (Taylor), 51–52, 58, 6264; of Kateb, 44, 49; naturalism of disengaged reason (Taylor), 50–52, 65
contestability: in ethics and ontology (Connolly), 8, 11–17, 115
critical responsiveness (Connolly): ethical attitude of, 129, 134; justice subordinate to and interdependent with, 129–30; liberal conception of justice draws on, 144–50; to politics of becoming, 122–27
cultivation: of critical responsiveness, 134; in ethics and ontology (Connolly), 115; in Kateb, 38; of weak ontology, 10–11, 15, 23
culture: good of a (Taylor), 70–74; in Kymlicka's notion of liberalism, 72
death: confronting (Connolly), 134–35; doctor-assisted suicide, 143; of God (Kateb), 29; “social death” (Butler), 96 See also finitude
deconstruction: as mode of reflection, 57
Deleuze, Gilles, 140
democracy: ethos of agonistic (Connolly), 117–50; Kateb's criticism of direct, 18; Kateb's representative, 18, 32, 38. See also individuality, democratic
Derrida, Jacques, 5
desire: Butler's conception, 86–87; in melancholia (Butler), 99
Dewey, John, 65
difference: in Connolly's interpretation of identity, 111–12
embeddedness: as condition of human being, 46–47; critical responsiveness related to, 145
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 18, 39
Emersonians, 18–21, 39–40
epiphany (Taylor), 58–62
Ereignis (Heidegger), 94
ethical-political life: weak ontologies as foundation for, 11–17. See also prefiguration of ethical-political perspective
ethos: of agonistic democracy, 117–50; of critical responsiveness (Connolly), 134; of generosity and forbearance (Connolly), 115–16, 121, 136; of good political community (Butler), 97
existence: attachment to (Kateb), 28; attachment to (Taylor), 47

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