Human Nature and Holocaust: Understanding Levinas’s Account of Ethics Through Levi and Wiesel

Philosophy and Literature 36 (2):330-346 (2012)
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As is well known, ethics occupies a prominent role in Emmanuel Levinas’s philosophy. However, considerable controversy exists surrounding the nature of this prominence. Two main lines of thought exist in the secondary scholarship, one that attempts to develop in Levinas’s philosophy something resembling a traditional theory of ethics and another that treats Levinas’s concern with ethics as substantially different from traditional ethical theories.1 In what follows I argue that the centrality of ethics to Levinas’s philosophy is for phenomenological purposes, describing the nature of ethical relations and teasing out their implications, for the sake of criticizing and reformulating traditional understandings of.



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