Humanism of the Other

Humanism of the Other

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In "Humanism of the Other", Emmanuel Levinas argues that it is not only possible but of the highest exigency to understand one's humanity through the humanity of others. Based in a new appreciation for ethics, and taking new distances from the phenomenology of Hegel, Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty, the idealism of Plato and Kant, and the skepticism of Nietzsche and Blanchot, Levinas rehabilitates humanism and restore its promises. He expresses disappointment with the revolutions that became bureaucracies and totalitarian governments, and the national liberation movements that eventually led to oppression and international wars. Defining the human as subject, ego, synthesis, identification, cognition, and mood all too easily lead to subjugation, persecution, and murder. Painfully aware of the long history of dehumanization which reached its apotheosis in Hitler and Nazism, Levinas does not underestimate the difficulty of reconciling oneself with another. The humanity of the human, Levinas argues, is not discoverable through mathematics, rational metaphysics or introspection. Rather, it is found in the recognition that the suffering and mortality of others are the obligations and morality of the self.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 136 pages
  • 143.8 x 218.9 x 16.5mm | 312.98g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0252028406
  • 9780252028403

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"An interesting and long-awaited translation. Levinas is one of the central French postwar thinkers, on a par with Foucault, Althusser, Derrida, and Lacan." -- Tom Rockmore, author of On Heidegger's Nazism and Philosophy and Before and After Hegel: A Historical Introduction "Jewish, philosophical, timely, and aided by a brilliant introduction". -- Emil Fackenheim, author of God's Presence in History --and-- To Mend the Worldshow more

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