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Bruce Robbins, Paulo Lemos Horta, and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479829682

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479829682.001.0001

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Utonal Life

Utonal Life

A Genealogy for Global Ethics

(p.65) 4 Utonal Life

Leela Gandhi

NYU Press

Speaking to the idea of imperfect cosmopolitanisms, Leela Gandhi insists on this sense of imperfection, playing upon the grammatical import of the imperfect verb form: “Unlike the preterit form, which implies an already completed past action, the imperfective aspect renders an apparently concluded (perfected) action unfinished and suddenly infinitive. In this way the imperfectionism at the core of disapparation makes the subject of ethics into a perpetual—restless—work in progress.”

Keywords:   ethics, imperfect, postmodern, postcolonial

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