The Other, Shame, and Politics: Levinas, Justice, and Feeling Responsible
AbstractAdi Ophir has suggested that the political realm is an order of evils, producing and managing regular forms of suffering and violence rather than eliminating them. Thus, the political is always to some extent a corrupted order of justice. Emmanuel Levinas’ work presents in its focus on the face-to-face relationship a means of rethinking how to make the political more open to compassionate justice. Though Levinas himself doesn’t sufficiently take on this question, I argue that his work facilitates a way of thinking about commiserative shame that provides a means to connect the face-to-face to its potential effects in the political sphere. If such shame isn’t ignored or bypassed, it produces an unsettling relation to the other that in its adversity motivates a kind of responsibility and care for the other that can alter the public sphere. View Full-Text
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Larocco, S. The Other, Shame, and Politics: Levinas, Justice, and Feeling Responsible. Religions 2018, 9, 381.
Larocco S. The Other, Shame, and Politics: Levinas, Justice, and Feeling Responsible. Religions. 2018; 9(12):381.Chicago/Turabian Style
Larocco, Steve. 2018. "The Other, Shame, and Politics: Levinas, Justice, and Feeling Responsible." Religions 9, no. 12: 381.
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