Neither Victim Nor Survivor

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-30
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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In Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking toward a New Humanity, Marilyn Nissim-Sabat offers a comprehensive critique of the interrelated concepts of 'victim' and 'survivor' as they have been ideologically distorted in Western thought. Framed by the phenomenological perspective of Edmund Husserl, Nissim-Sabat carries out her argument through an intense engagement with current scholarly work on Toni Morrison's Beloved, Sophocles' Antigone, akrasia, psychoanalysis, critical race theory, feminist philosophy of science, and Marxism. Nissim-Sabat ultimately proposes that a new consciousness, enabled by the phenomenological attitude, of the way in which ideological distortion of the concepts of 'victim' and 'survivor' helps to perpetuate victimization will empower us to find ways to end victimization and its anti-human consequences. The book's interdisciplinary approach will make it appealing to a broad range of students and scholars alike.

Author Biography

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat is professor emeritus of philosophy at Lewis University.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
What Is a Victim?p. 1
Freud, Gender, and the Epigenesis of Morality: A Critiquep. 21
The Crisis in Psychoanalysis: Resolution through Husserlian Phenomenlogy and Feminismp. 43
Addictions, Akrasia, and Self Psychology: A Socratic and Psychoanalytic View of Akrasia as Victim Blamingp. 81
Fanon, Phenomenology, and the Decent ring of Philosophy: Lewis Gordon's Her Majesty's Other Children: Sketches of Racism from a Neocolonial Agep. 97
Race and Culture: Victim Blaming in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysisp. 111
Autonomy, Empathy, and Transcendence in Sophocles' Antigone: A Phenomenological Perspective, with an Epilogue: On Lacan's Antigonep. 129
Neither Victim nor Survivor Be: Who Is Beloved's Baby?p. 163
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 203
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