Anti-matters: mortal ethics in Cormac McCarthy's The road

O'Connor, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-6877-2603, 2017. Anti-matters: mortal ethics in Cormac McCarthy's The road. European Journal of American Studies, 12 (3). ISSN 1991-9336

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Abstract

This article proposes that to understand the ethical and philosophical dimensions of Cormac McCarthy's work one must engage in an articulation of mortal ethics. To do this, it is necessary to understand how The Road depicts the material destruction of the world, and the ethical consequences such physical destruction imposes on the novel's central protagonists. More specifically, this article argues that Cormac McCarthy's The Road presents an anti-metaphysics with consequences for understanding philosophical concepts of memory and community, as well as McCarthy's effort to construct universal forms of being together.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Special issue of the European Journal of American Studies: Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds
Publication Title: European Journal of American Studies
Creators: O'Connor, P.
Publisher: European Association for American Studies
Date: 2017
Volume: 12
Number: 3
ISSN: 1991-9336
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NumberType
10.4000/ejas.12337DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Apr 2017 15:24
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 16:36
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30524

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