The Problem with Levinas

The Problem with Levinas


Levinas's inspiration of ethics as a relation of accountability to the opposite individual has develop into a hugely influential and recognizable place throughout quite a lot of educational and non-academic fields. Simon Critchley's goal during this e-book is to supply a much less commonly used, extra troubling, and (hopefully) more true account of Levinas's paintings. a brand new dramatic approach for interpreting Levinas is proposed, the place the basic challenge of his paintings is visible because the try to break out from the tragedy of Heidegger's philosophy and how during which that philosophy formed political occasions within the final century. wide and cautious realization is paid to Levinas' attention-grabbing yet usually missed paintings from the Thirties, the place the proximity to Heidegger turns into clearer. Levinas's challenge is especially easy: easy methods to get away from the tragic fatality of being as defined by way of Heidegger. Levinas's later paintings is a sequence of makes an attempt to reply to that challenge via claims approximately moral selfhood and a sequence of phenomenological stories, specially erotic family and the relation to the kid. those claims are analyzed within the ebook via shut textual readings. Critchley finds the matter with Levinas's solution to his personal philosophical query and indicates a few criticisms, specific in regards to the query of gender. within the ultimate, speculative a part of the booklet, one other solution to Levinas's challenge is explored via a examining of the Song of Songs and the lens of mystical love.

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