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De-Facing the Other: Reason, Ethics & Politics after Difference
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De-Facing the Other: Reason, Ethics & Politics after Difference (Paperback)

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In an often overlooked passage, Emmanuel Levinas states that we must "de-face humans, sternly reducing each one's uniqueness to his individuality in the unity of the genus, and let universality rule." How can Levinas, the great thinker of infinite alterity and the face of the other, make such a provocative claim?

This book argues that understanding this claim is the key to unlocking the possibility of positive, constructive ethical and political thought and practice in the wake of the discourse on difference. In contrast to the excessive negativity of some postmodern thought, this book argues for a positive postmodernism that reconceptualises reason and identity on the basis of ethical responsibility. This in turn makes possible the rational construction of identities necessary for ethical and political thought and practice. In making a case for this possibility, this book engages the work of Levinas, Badiou, Derrida, Nietzsche, Husserl, Janicaud, Sartre, Ricoeur and Marx. The time has come to move beyond the excesses of postmodernity and this book shows us how to do so.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy, from c 1900 - Publisher: Marquette University Press Publication Date: 15/03/2013 ISBN-13: 9780874628159  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Stephen Minister is assistant professor of philosophy at Augustana College in South Dakota, USA. He specialises in continental philosophy and ethics, with particular interest in the relationship between responsibility and reason and practical issues related to human rights and global poverty. In addition to this book, he is also the co-editor of Reexamining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion.

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