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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 23, Issue 2, Fall 2016


Robert Metcalf
Pages 57-70

Cormac McCarthy and the Bioethical

This essay argues for a distinction between bioethics in the customary sense and the “bioethical”—where the latter involves exploration of disturbing literary and/or artistic material. The “bioethical” signifies an affective and imaginative sphere in which we experience the mattering-to-us-morally of other human beings and non-human animals. The essay further argues that Cormac McCarthy’s writings allow us to explore the bioethical, with certain philosophical implications of this discussed in detail.

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