When alterity becomes proximity: Levinas's path

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Levinas's early work tends to be associated with the idea of alterity even though in his later work the idea of proximity is more prominent. It is true that as time went on Levinas adopted the word neighbor that he had earlier refused; he renounced the word experience; and he replaced his account of paternity with an account of maternity. There is even a growing equivocation in his relation to the I-Thou philosophy of Buber that he had initially defined himself against. Nevertheless these changes do not mark a shift in his thinking so much as a change in emphasis. The two accounts need to be reintegrated which becomes possible once one recognizes the centrality of the persecuted self in his account of subjectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages430-444
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780198755340
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 10 2018

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Alterity
Proximity
Emmanuel Levinas
Maternity
Subjectivity
Centrality
Paternity
Neighbors
Equivocation
Philosophy

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Bernasconi, R. L. (2018). When alterity becomes proximity: Levinas's path. In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology (pp. 430-444). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198755340.013.27
Bernasconi, Robert Lambert. / When alterity becomes proximity : Levinas's path. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology. Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 430-444
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