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Emmanuel Levinas and Ethical Materialism †

Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Creative Industries, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, 01132 Vilnius, Lithuania
An earlier version of this article was presented as a paper at a conference on “Levinas, The Material, and Ethics” (2017), organized by North American Levinas Society at Loyola University Chicago, IL, USA.
Academic Editor: Malachi Hacohen
Religions 2021, 12(10), 870; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100870
Received: 11 September 2021 / Accepted: 6 October 2021 / Published: 13 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Continental Philosophy and Jewish Thought)
The article discusses concrete and material aspects of Levinas’s ethical metaphysics. Firstly, the paper shows that, in contrast to several alternative modern conceptions of subjectivity, the Levinasian subject is not at a safe distance from the world but involved in it through sensing and “enjoyment” and therefore vulnerability. After that the paper highlights the materiality and concreteness of Levinas’s ethical metaphysics, a “deformalization” radically opposed to abstractness. It is precisely owing to the transcendence of the Other that the face is always concrete, always a specific, concrete, material solicitation of aid. View Full-Text
Keywords: Levinas; ethics; Other; subjectivity; vulnerability; materiality Levinas; ethics; Other; subjectivity; vulnerability; materiality
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