Difficult Justice: Commentaries on Levinas and Politics
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.
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- Page Count: 328 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.3in
Asher Horowitz is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at York University.
Gad Horowitz is a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
Reflections on the Philosophy of Hitlerism
Is Liberalism All We Need? Prelude via Fascism
ASHER HOROWITZ and GAD HOROWITZ
Beyond Rational Peace: On the Possibility/Necessity of a Levinasian Hyperpolitics
Hands that Give and Hands That Take: The Politics of the Feminine in Levinas
Levinas in the Key of the Political
‘The Politics’ by Levinas: Towards a ‘Critical’ Political Philosophy
Hemorrhage and Filiality: Towards a Fecundation of the Political
Levinas and Alterity Politics
Public Transgressions: Levinas and Arendt
Can Fig Trees Grow on Mountains? Reversing the Question of Great Politics
Levinas, Nietzsche, and Benjamin’s ‘Divine Violence’
From Escape to Hostage
The Ethics and Politics of the Handshake: Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, and Nancy
Strangers and Slaves in the Land of Egypt: Levinas and the Politics of Otherness
Levinas’s Jewish Perspective on State, Revolution and Utopia
Levinas, the Messianic, and the Question of History
From a Memory beyond Memory to a State beyond the State
Aporia and Messiah in Derrida and Levinas
Subjects and Courses