An-Archy and Justice : An Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas's Political Thought
An-Archy and Justice reveals how Emmanuel Levinas' thought moves from an an-archichal ethics based on the face of the Other to an embrace of the modern liberal state. Author William Paul Simmons argues that by grounding the liberal state in this an-archical ethic, Levinas' philosophy provides a new foundation and new possibilities for key concepts of political thought such as natural rights, freedom, humanism, and international relations.
- Hardback | 156 pages
- 152.4 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 272.16g
- 01 Aug 2003
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Intellectual Biography, Judaism, and the Possibility of a Levinasian Politics Chapter 2 Autonomy, Totality, and Anti-Humanism: Levinas's Critique of the Western Philosophical Tradition Chapter 3 Levinasian Ethics I:Totality and Infinity Chapter 4 Levinasian Ethics II:Otherwise than Being Chapter 5 Ethics and Politics: An-Archy and Justice Chapter 6 Why Tell this Long Story about the Face? Levinas and Liberal Political Thought Chapter 7 Levinas's Humanism of the Other as a Response to Modern and Postmodern Anti-Humanisms Chapter 8 Zionism, Place, and the Other: Toward a Levinasian International Relations Chapter 9 Conclusion: The Questioning of Levinas
Professor Simmons gives a clear and precise account of the development of Levinas's complex and challenging ethical thought, from Totality and Infinity to Otherwise than Being. This is but a prelude, however, to a masterful exploration of the relationship of Levinas's theory of ethics to the practice of politics. Here Simmons illustrates how Levinas's anarchical politics has much to teach us about the tyranny of a politics practiced for its own sake and about a culture in which ego dominates political discourse. An-Archy and Justice is an important addition to our understanding of Levinas, as well as the politics of our age. -- Cecil Eubanks, Louisiana State University Simmons provides a reading of Levinas that is both critical of and compatible with the politics with which we are already familiar; rooting our agency and our policies in the Other will renew our approach to ethical and political activity. Dialogue, October 2007 The value of this book is that in it an introduction to the thought of Levinas and this thought's potential import for politics appear together, and flow into each other. -- Jeffrey Dudiak, The King's University College It is a pleasure to read such a lucid presentation of Levinas. That Simmons writes so clearly about Levinas while at the same time developing the implications of his thought for politics is striking. Seldom have I seen clarity of presentation so gracefully combined with intellectual rigor. -- C. Fred Alford, University of Maryland, College Park; author of Levinas, The Frankfurt School, and Psychoanalysis
About William Paul Simmons
William Paul Simons is an Assistant Professor at Bethany College and author of several articles on Levinas.