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Religions 2019, 10(2), 84;

“I’m a Pacifist”: Peace in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

Department of English and Cultural Studies, The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Canada
Received: 1 December 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 23 January 2019 / Published: 28 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Levinas and the Political)
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This paper develops and examines the idea and importance of peace in the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, starting from an anecdote regarding his parody of Ernst Cassirer during a student performance in Davos. It examines Levinas’s stated views on peace from across his career, arguing Levinas should be viewed as a pacifist, albeit a highly original one, who shows that political structures are characterized by violence but reveal their origins in the radical peace of the face-to-face encounter. View Full-Text
Keywords: Levinas; peace; politics; face; Other; Davos; state Levinas; peace; politics; face; Other; Davos; state
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