Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Problem of Distraction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul North

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775380

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use (for details see http://www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 July 2018

Labyrinth of Pure Reflection / Kafka

Labyrinth of Pure Reflection / Kafka

Chapter:
(p.74) Chapter 3 Labyrinth of Pure Reflection / Kafka
Source:
The Problem of Distraction
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.003.0004

This chapter examines Franz Kafka's thoughts on the concept of distraction. It explains that Kafka questioned the ethical status of a principle of distraction and argued that if the principle were accepted, a reform of ethical concepts would have to follow. It analyzes Kafka's concept of “er” and explains that the disruption in the most unified and universal human activity in Aristotle and the recueil of misfires in the moral and ethical agent Jean de La Bruyère become a political phenomenon in Kafka's depiction of diasporic-dispersed-distracted “living.”

Keywords:   distraction, Franz Kafka, ethical status, ethical concepts, er, universal human activity, Aristotle, Jean de La Bruyère, distracted living

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.