David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Social Criticism 25 (6):83-104 (1999)
Emmanuel Levinas' radical heteronomous ethics has received a great deal of scholarly attention. However, his political thought remains relatively neglected. This essay shows how Levinas moves from the an-archical, ethical relationship with the Other to the totalizing realm of politics with his phenomenology of the third person, the Third. With the appearance of the Third, the ego must respond to more than one Other. It must decide whom to respond to first. This decision leads the ego from the an-archical, ethical realm to the realm of politics. Although the Third universalizes the an-archical relationship with the Other into the political realm, it does not supplant the original ethical relationship. Instead, there is a never-ending oscillation between ethics and politics. The world of institutions and impersonal justice must be held in check by the an-archical responsibility for the Other. Levinas calls for both an-archy and justice. Key Words: Derrida ethics Levinas liberalism the Other politics responsibility said saying the Third.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
David Bevan & Hervé Corvellec (2007). The Impossibility of Corporate Ethics: For a Levinasian Approach to Managerial Ethics. Business Ethics 16 (3):208–219.
Similar books and articles
Ieva Lapinska (2007). Philosophical Knowledge in the Context of Emmanuel Levinas's Ethics. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 1:121-125.
Diane Perpich (2008). The Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas. Stanford University Press.
Eric Sean Nelson, Antje Kapust & Kent Still (eds.) (2005). Addressing Levinas. Northwestern University Press.
Cheryl L. Hughes (1998). The Primacy of Ethics: Hobbes and Levinas. [REVIEW] Continental Philosophy Review 31 (1):79-94.
Jesse Sims (2005). Absolute Adversity: Schmitt, Levinas, and the Exceptionality of Killing. Philosophy and Social Criticism 31 (2):223-252.
P. Nortvedt (2003). Levinas, Justice and Health Care. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 6 (1):25-34.
V. Tahmasebi (2010). Does Levinas Justify or Transcend Liberalism? Levinas on Human Liberation. Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (5):523-544.
John Drabinski (2000). The Possibility of an Ethical Politics: From Peace to Liturgy. Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 (4):49-73.
Simon Critchley (2004). Five Problems in Levinas's View of Politics and the Sketch of a Solution to Them. Political Theory 32 (2):172-185.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads40 ( #67,463 of 1,700,240 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #161,079 of 1,700,240 )
How can I increase my downloads?