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De-facing the other : reason, ethics, & politics after difference

Author: Stephen Minister
Publisher: Milwaukee, Wis. : Marquette University Press, [2012] ©2012
Series: Marquette studies in philosophy, #77.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In an often overlooked passage, Emmanuel Levinas states that we must de-face humans, sternly reducing each ones uniqueness to his individuality in the unity of the genus, and let universality rule. How can Levinas, the great thinker of infinite alterity and the face of the other, make such a provocative claim? This book argues that understanding this claim is the key to unlocking the possibility of positive,  Read more...
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Named Person: Emmanuel Lévinas; Emmanuel Lévinas; Emmanuel Lévinas; Emmanuel Levinas; Emmanuel Lévinas; Emmanuel Lévinas
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Minister
ISBN: 9780874628159 0874628156
OCLC Number: 809250561
Description: 287 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Nihilism and contemporary philosophy --
The source of meaning: a Levinasian interpretation --
Responsibility in context --
Renewed faith in reason --
Moral obligations andthe good life --
Toward social justice.
Series Title: Marquette studies in philosophy, #77.
Responsibility: Stephen Minister.
Local System Bib Number:
008515906

Abstract:

In an often overlooked passage, Emmanuel Levinas states that we must de-face humans, sternly reducing each ones uniqueness to his individuality in the unity of the genus, and let universality rule. How can Levinas, the great thinker of infinite alterity and the face of the other, make such a provocative claim? This book argues that understanding this claim is the key to unlocking the possibility of positive, constructive ethical and political thought and practice in the wake of the discourse on difference. In contrast to the excessive negativity of some postmodern thought, this book argues for a positive postmodernism that reconceptualizes reason and identity on the basis of ethical responsibility. This in turn makes possible the rational construction of identities necessary for ethical and political thought and practice. In making a case for this possibility, this book engages the work of Levinas, Badiou, Derrida, Nietzsche, Husserl, Janicaud, Sartre, Ricoeur, and Marx. The time has come to move beyond the excesses of postmodernity and this book shows us how to do so.
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