Levinas and the possibility of dialogue with "Strangers"

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dc.contributor.author Hofmeyr, A.B. (Augusta Benda)
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-10T05:59:19Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03
dc.description.abstract This programmatic essay explores some of the challenges that a seemingly quintessential European or Continental philosopher such as Levinas faces when his thought on alterity and on the responsibility we bear towards the Other, is brought face-to-face with other (non-Western) ways of thinking alterity and especially difference(s). Given the fact that Levinas‟s entire oeuvre is dedicated to exposing the violent reductionism at work in Western philosophy, a colonizing tradition par excellence that establishes its self-certainty by way of usurping anything and everything that is other-than-itself, such an encounter seems critical. Yet, Levinas and his thinking seem to be burdened with a number of inherent biases that severely compromise any possibility of dialogue. These include the fact that Levinas‟s notion of an abstract Alterity does not account for differences; his undeniable Eurocentric bias and racist prejudice; and finally, the irreconcilability of ethics and politics in this thinking. This essay attempts to address these indictments head on an attempt to prepare the ground for future research that will endeavour to stage an actual encounter between Levinas and his non-Western counterparts. en_ZA
dc.description.department Philosophy en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2017-03-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rbsp20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Benda Hofmeyr (2016) Levinas and the Possibility of Dialogue with “Strangers”, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 47:2, 174-189, DOI:10.1080/00071773.2016.1139929. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0007-1773 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2332-0486 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/00071773.2016.1139929
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52545
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 2016. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 174-189, 2016. doi : 1080/00071773.2016.1139929. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rbsp2010. en_ZA
dc.subject Levinas en_ZA
dc.subject Ethical metaphysics en_ZA
dc.subject Eurocentrism en_ZA
dc.subject Racism en_ZA
dc.subject The Other en_ZA
dc.subject Dialogue en_ZA
dc.subject The relation between ethics and politics en_ZA
dc.subject Alterity en_ZA
dc.subject Ethical responsibility en_ZA
dc.title Levinas and the possibility of dialogue with "Strangers" en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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