Difficult Justice

Difficult Justice

Commentaries on Levinas and Politics

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French philosopher and Talmudic commentator Emmanuel Levinas (1906?1995) is best known for his two major, highly original works on ethics,Totality and Infinity (1961) and Otherwise Than Being or Beyond Essence (1974). Among his lesser known works is a short but remarkable essay published in 1934, ?Refections on the Philosophy of Hitlerism,? in which he considers German conservatism and the Nazi movement, and reflects on Western philosophy?s capacity to insure itself against ?elemental evil.?Difficult Justice uses this essay as an introduction to a collection of papers on Levinas?s ethical and political thought.

In this volume editors Asher and Gad Horowitz bring together contributors from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to explore how Levinas?s work relates to a broad range of contemporary philosophical and political questions. In particular, they examine Levinas?s challenge to liberalism ?to find another kinship for man ? absolutely opposed to oppression,? and his movement beyond liberalism to embrace ?the claim of the Other.? This thought-provoking collection will not only be invaluable to Levinas scholars, it will also be of interest to those working in the areas of Jewish studies, women?s studies, and political theory.

Contributors:
Keith Anderson
Shannon Bell
Robert Bernasconi
Mielle Chandler
Tina Chanter
Marinos Diamantides
Rosalyn Diprose
Enrique Dussel
Oona Eisenstadt
Robert Gibbs
Asher Horowitz
Gad Horowitz
Ze?ev Levy
Joseph Rosen
Brian Schroeder
Victoria Tahmasebi


French philosopher and Talmudic commentator Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) is best known for his two major, highly original works on ethics,Totality and Infinity (1961) and Otherwise Than Being or Beyond Essence (1974). Among his lesser known works is a short but remarkable essay published in 1934, "Refections on the Philosophy of Hitlerism," in which he considers German conservatism and the Nazi movement, and reflects on Western philosophy's capacity to insure itself against 'elemental evil.'Difficult Justice uses this essay as an introduction to a collection of papers on Levinas's ethical and political thought.

In this volume editors Asher and Gad Horowitz bring together contributors from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to explore how Levinas's work relates to a broad range of contemporary philosophical and political questions. In particular, they examine Levinas's challenge to liberalism 'to find another kinship for man ... absolutely opposed to oppression,' and his movement beyond liberalism to embrace 'the claim of the Other.' This thought-provoking collection will not only be invaluable to Levinas scholars, it will also be of interest to those working in the areas of Jewish studies, women's studies, and political theory.

Contributors:
Keith Anderson
Shannon Bell
Robert Bernasconi
Mielle Chandler
Tina Chanter
Marinos Diamantides
Rosalyn Diprose
Enrique Dussel
Oona Eisenstadt
Robert Gibbs
Asher Horowitz
Gad Horowitz
Ze'ev Levy
Joseph Rosen
Brian Schroeder
Victoria Tahmasebi


In this volume editors Asher and Gad Horowitz bring together contributors from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to explore how Levinas?s work relates to a broad range of contemporary philosophical and political questions.



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A relatively obscure 1934 essay by Emmanuel Lévinas) 1906-1995, "Reflections on the Philosophy of Hitlerism," has been chosen by the editors (professors of political science from York U. and U. of Toronto, Canada) as an introduction to this collection of 16 papers engaging the ethical and political implications of the Lithuanian-born and French-naturalized philosopher whose more famous work concerned the unknowability of the Other, the responsibility for-the-other rooted in one's subjective constitution, and reformulation of philosophy as the "wisdom of love." Contributors explore the politics of the feminine in his writings, offer comparative discussion of Hannah Arendt and Friedrich Nietzsche, explore the Jewish roots of Lévinas's views on state and revolution, and attempt to build a Lévinasian politics of alterity, among other endeavors. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, Ă2006
ISBN: 9781442673915
1442673915
080208009X
9780802080097
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 330 pages)
Additional Contributors: Horowitz, Asher 1950-
Horowitz, Gad 1936-

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