Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, and the Politics of Dwelling

Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, and the Politics of Dwelling

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This book explores the ethical and political implications of the debate between Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Levinas on the question of Place. It relates their debate to larger disagreements concerning ontology and ethics, the status of humanism, and the relationship between worldliness and transcendence. Ultimately, in an epoch characterized by tribalism and globalization, the Heidegger-Levinas debate illuminates the need for a contemporary politics of place that enables human beings to dwell and practice more

Product details

  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 151 x 230 x 14mm | 304g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073914183X
  • 9780739141830
  • 1,730,281

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David J. Gauthier has produced a sustained exploration of the philosophical and political contours of homelessness and the possibilities of dwelling and hospitality in the modern age. Grounded in the work of Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Levinas, this book establishes the significance of the question of home in a globalized world and assesses the challenges we face in maintaining a sense of place in a technological age. Gauthier carries the reader through a thoughtful and informed engagement with Heidegger, Levinas, and certain commentators such as Derrida, highlighting their insights, major differences, and often subtle but crucial distinctions. -- Leslie Paul Thiele, niversity of Florida A provocative and nuanced analysis of the complex relationship between Levinas' and Heidegger's philosophies. Professor Gauthier thoroughly explores the often ignored but significant role of place and homesickness in Heidegger's and Levinas' work. -- William Paul Simmons, Arizona State Universityshow more

Table of contents

1 Chapter 1. Introduction: Heidegger, Levinas, and The Problem of the Homeless Spirit 2 Chapter 2. Primordial Homelessness: The Politics of Anxiety in Heidegger's Being and Time 3 Chapter 3. Finding a Home in the German Polis: Heidegger and the Politics of Aesthetic Nationalism 4 Chapter 4. Heidegger and the Politics of Building, Dwelling, and Thinking 5 Chapter 5. The Violence of Homecoming: Levinas's Critique of Heidegger 6 Chapter 6. Levinas and the Politics of Hospitality 7 Chapter 7. Conclusion: Towards a Postmodern Politics of Placeshow more

About David J. Gauthier

David J. Gauthier is instructor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee at more