Emmanuel Levinas and the Politics of Non-Violence

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2014 - Political Science - 201 pages

French philosopher and Talmudic commentator Emmanuel Levinas (1906 1995) has received considerable attention for his influence on philosophical and religious thought. In this book, Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani provides the first examination of the applicability of Emmanuel Levinas' work to social and political movements. Investigating his ethics of responsibility and his critique of the Western liberal imagination, Tahmasebi-Birgani advances the moral, political, and philosophical debates on the radical implications of Levinas' work.

Emmanuel Levinas and the Politics of Non-Violence is the first book to closely consider the affinity between Levinas' ethical vision and Mohandas Gandhi's radical yet non-violent political struggle. Situating Levinas' insights within a transnational, transcontinental, and global framework, Tahmasebi-Birgani highlights Levinas' continued relevance in an age in which violence is so often resorted to in the name of justice and freedom.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Beyond the Western Liberal Tradition
14
2 Radical Passivity the Face and the Social Demand for Justice
53
3 Substituting Praxis and Political Liberation
81
Liberatory Praxis as Fear for the Other
115
Conclusion
157
Notes
163
Bibliography
179
Index
187
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Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani is a Women and Gender Studies Assistant Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

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