Difficult Justice: Commentaries on Levinas and Politics

By Asher Horowitz and Gad Horowitz

© 2006

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.

Contributors:
Keith Anderson
Shannon Bell
Robert Bernasconi
Mielle Chandler
Tina Chanter
Marinos Diamantides
Rosalyn Diprose
Enrique Dussel
Oona Eisenstadt
Robert Gibbs
Asher Horowitz
Gad Horowitz
Ze'ev Levy
Joseph Rosen
Brian Schroeder
Victoria Tahmasebi

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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.

Difficult Justice: Commentaries on Levinas and Politics

By Asher Horowitz and Gad Horowitz

© 2006

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.

Contributors:
Keith Anderson
Shannon Bell
Robert Bernasconi
Mielle Chandler
Tina Chanter
Marinos Diamantides
Rosalyn Diprose
Enrique Dussel
Oona Eisenstadt
Robert Gibbs
Asher Horowitz
Gad Horowitz
Ze'ev Levy
Joseph Rosen
Brian Schroeder
Victoria Tahmasebi

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    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

    Acknowledgments
    Contributors

    INTRODUCTION
    Reflections on the Philosophy of Hitlerism
    EMMANUEL LEVINAS
    Is Liberalism All We Need? Prelude via Fascism
    ASHER HOROWITZ and GAD HOROWITZ

    ESSAYS
    Beyond Rational Peace: On the Possibility/Necessity of a Levinasian Hyperpolitics
    ASHER HOROWITZ

    Hands that Give and Hands That Take: The Politics of the Feminine in Levinas
    TINA CHANTER

    Levinas in the Key of the Political
    OONA EISENSTADT

    ‘The Politics’ by Levinas: Towards a ‘Critical’ Political Philosophy
    ENRIQUE DUSSEL

    Hemorrhage and Filiality: Towards a Fecundation of the Political
    MIELLE CHANDLER

    Levinas and Alterity Politics
    SHANNON BELL

    Public Transgressions: Levinas and Arendt
    KEITH ANDERSON

    Can Fig Trees Grow on Mountains? Reversing the Question of Great Politics
    BRIAN SCHROEDER

    Levinas, Nietzsche, and Benjamin’s ‘Divine Violence’
    VICTORIA TAHMASEBI

    From Escape to Hostage
    MARINOS DIAMANTIDES

    The Ethics and Politics of the Handshake: Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, and Nancy
    ROSALYN DIPROSE

    Strangers and Slaves in the Land of Egypt: Levinas and the Politics of Otherness
    ROBERT BERNASCONI

    Levinas’s Jewish Perspective on State, Revolution and Utopia
    ZE’EV LEVY

    Levinas, the Messianic, and the Question of History
    ROBERT GIBBS

    From a Memory beyond Memory to a State beyond the State
    JOSEPH ROSEN

    Aporia and Messiah in Derrida and Levinas
    GAD HOROWITZ

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