Problems in Levinas

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Emmanuel Levinas is one of the most elaborately discussed moral philosophers of recent decades, and his philosophy has many adherents. I believe, however, that the scholarly literature on his work is overly expository and insufficiently critical. In this article I try to take some steps toward filling this gap in Levinas scholarship. My aim is not to present another exegetical account of Levinas’s philosophy but rather to point at under-discussed problems in it. I will suggest here that some central claims in Levinas’s philosophy are highly problematic, indeed, too problematic to accept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-465
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Legacy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2021

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  • Levinas
  • accusation
  • ethics
  • guilt
  • morality
  • otherness
  • responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy


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