Metacide

In the Pursuit of Excellence

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Editor: James R. Watson
If philosophy addresses concrete ethical challenges, then what shifts in basic concepts must be made to the discipline in the darkness of our genocidal world? What anti-genocidal strains are in Western philosophy? Are we “really” rejects and/ or “still of intrinsic worth” when we fail our excellence tests? How are we represented and how do we participate in representations? Are representational forms historical in origin and development? Is genocide indissolubly linked to our degradation and destruction of animals? Can one slaughter and eat one’s partners in a social bond? If so, what does this tell us about the socio-political world we have formed? Is there a deep center—metacide—in our culture from which genocide receives its impulse? These are some of the pivotal questions addressed in the thirteen thought-provoking essays of this volume.

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Editorial Foreword
Acknowledgements
Editor’s Introduction
Bettina G. Bergo: The Differend that is Global: Contemporary Slavery as a Challenge to Human Rights
Thomas R. Flynn: The Meanness is [not entirely] in the System
Dorothea Olkowski: Science and Human Nature: How to Go From Nature to Ethics
Roy Ben Shai: To Reverse the Irreversible: On Time Disorder in the Work of Jean Améry
Lissa Skitolsky: Finding Man in Der Muselmann: The Use & Abuse of the Walking Dead
André Mineau: Operation Barbarossa as Genocidal Warfare
Natalie Nenadic: Feminist Philosophical Intervention in Genocide
Marc De Kesel: Shooting the Unimaginable: On the Reception Of Four Shoah Photographs
Henry C. Theriault: Rousseau, Plato, and Western Philosophy’s Anti-Genocidal Strain
Todd Kesselman: Disconcerting Forms: Uneasiness and the Dislocation of Holocaust Cinema
Erik M. Vogt: Animal Tracings in Adorno’s Reflections on Genocidal Machines
Ryan Crawford: The Terror of Animality: Arendt, Badiou, Sartre
James R. Watson: Genocide in the Pursuit of Excellence
About The Authors
Index