The neighbor and the infinite: Marion and Levinas on the encounter between self, human other, and God [Book Review]

Continental Philosophy Review 40 (3):231-249 (2007)
In this article I examine Jean-Luc Marion's two-fold criticism of Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophy of other and self, namely that Levinas remains unable to overcome ontological difference in Totality and Infinity and does so successfully only with the notion of the appeal in Otherwise than Being and that his account of alterity is ambiguous in failing to distinguish clearly between human and divine other. I outline Levinas’ response to this criticism and then critically examine Marion's own account of subjectivity that attempts to go beyond Levinas in its emphasis on a pure or anonymous appeal. I criticize this move as rather problematic and turn instead back to Levinas for a more convincing account of the relations between self, human other, and God. In this context, I also show that Levinas in fact draws quite careful distinctions between human and divine others.
Keywords Marion  Levinas  other  God  subjectivity  infinite  ontological difference  appeal
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DOI 10.1007/s11007-006-9036-z
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