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The Problem of Distraction$
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Paul North

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775380

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.001.0001

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Labyrinth of Pure Reflection / Kafka

Labyrinth of Pure Reflection / Kafka

(p.74) Chapter 3 Labyrinth of Pure Reflection / Kafka
The Problem of Distraction
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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

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