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    Heidegger’s Ethics and Levinas’s Ontology: Phenomenology of Prereflective Normativity.Martin Gak - 2014 - Levinas Studies: An Annual Review 9:145-181.
    A certain type of metaphysical manicheism has become quite prevalent among Levinas readers who insist in declaring his ethics to be a morally and, ultimately, politically necessary departure from Heidegger’s ontology. This approach inadequately moralizes Levinas’ articulation of the ethical which, I argue here, ought to be understood as an account of the pre-reflective normative conditions of ontology as meaning. In this paper, I seek to show that Levinas account of Ethics is squarely rooted in the epistemology of Heidegger’s Being (...)
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  2. A First Sketch of Non-Cognitive Ethical Realism.Martin Gak - 2009 - In Rita Šerpytytė (ed.), A century with Levinas. In the ruins of totality. Vilnus University. pp. 223-229.
    In Totality and Infinity, Levinas says that the primordial expression of alterity is “though shall not commit murder”. The other expresses an infinity “stronger than murder”. In this paper I propose a reading of this passage elaborated against the backdrop of “The Temptation of Temptation” in his Talmudic Readings. I will argue, that as the law in the Talmudic elucidation of Exodus 24:7, this demand is pre-conceptual and because of this putative primordiality one is forced to “do before hearing”. -/- (...)
     
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    A Sketch for a Levinasian Theory of Action.Martin Gak - 2012 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (3):421-435.
    Abstract This paper sketches a Levinasian theory of action. It has often been pointed out that Levinas' ethics are incapable of providing principles of adjudication for guiding actions. However, a much more profound problem affects Levinas' metaphysical ethics and negates the possibility of adjudication and that is a patent lack of freedom from the yoke of the ethical. If ?ethics is primordial? indeed, then no act can be unethical in that there is no alternative possibility to the acceptance and performance (...)
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    Heidegger’s Ethics and Levinas’s Ontology: Phenomenology of Prereflective Normativity.Martin Gak - 2014 - Levinas Studies 9:145-181.
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