2018: Ideology and Justice

Gargoyle atop Notre Dame

July 2-6, 2018

University of Chicago Center, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower

Levinas has taught that ethics is straightforwardness itself, the sincerity of the face opening up moral obligations which require a larger context of justice for all, including knowledge, laws, government, culture, and all that constitutes civilization.  And yet we know that institutions, corporations and governments lie, that mass media deceive, that human desires can be manipulated and even manufactured.  Can our age of Spectacle, Surveillance and Ideology do other than efface the face, coopt and commodify human freedom?  What is the import of fundamental ethics for politics, for justice?  Can there be an ethical politics?  Can ethics respond to False Consciousness and its contemporary technological supports?  These are some of the questions the Seminar will raise, guided by explication of selected texts by Levinas.


Nathan Bell, PhD                                      

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Johannes Bennke, PhD candidate

KOMA- Competence Center for Media Anthropology, Bauhaus-University, Weimar, Germany

Rikus van Eeden, MA         

KU Leuven, Belgium

Madalina Guzun, PhD

Paris, France                           

Tomohiro Inukai, PhD candidate

Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Abey Koshy,  PhD

Professor, Department of Philosophy, S S University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kochi, India

Leswin Laubscher, PhD                             

Department of Psychology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA

Sean Lawrence, PhD           

Associate Professor of Critical Studies. University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada

Robin Podolsky, Rabbi                                           

Lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, CA, USA

Irena Poleshchuk, PhD

Director, Center for Practical Phenomenology, Kelsinki, Finland

Leonardo Meirelles Ribeiro, PhD
Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG, Brazil.

Evrim Emir-Sayers, Fellow & PhD candidate

University of Amsterdam, UvA, Netherlands

Jacky, Yuen-Hung Tai, PhD candidate                                       

KU Leuven, Belgium

Rozemund Uljée, PhD                                

Assistant Professor, Institute for Philosophy, Leiden University, Netherlands



Tatiana Badurová,

Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Humanities, Department of General Anthropology, Czech Republic

Marijana Nedeljkovic, PhD

London, England

Wataru Ono, PhD candidate

Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Paulus Wagner, PhD candidate

Sciences Po, Paris, France

Yue Jennifer Wang, PhD candidate

Villanova University, PA, USA

University of Chicago Center
6 Rue Thomas Mann
Paris, France

Richard A. Cohen 
is a world-wide recognized Levinas scholar.  He is author of four books on Levinas:  Out of Control: Confrontation between Spinoza and Levinas (New York, 2017); Elevations: The Height of the Good in Rosenzweig and Levinas (Chicago, 1994); Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy (Cambridge 2001); and Levinasian Meditations: Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion (Pittsburgh, 2010).  He is also English translator and/or editor of four of Levinas’s books (Time and the Other and Additional Essays; Ethics and Infinity; Discovering Existence with Husserl; New Talmudic Readings); editor of Face to Face with Levinas (Pittsburgh, 1986); co-editor of Levinas Studies, Vol. 11 (Pittsburgh, 2017) and In Proximity: Emmanuel Levinas and the Eighteenth Century (Lubbock, 2001); and author of many articles on Levinas and modern and contemporary philosophy.  He is Professor of Jewish Thought and of Philosophy, University at Buffalo (State University of New York).

James McLachlan
 is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Western Carolina University.  He has assisted at all five previous summer seminars.  He is past co-chair of the Mormon Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion, member of the board of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, and organizer of the Personalist Seminar.  His books include Discourses in Mormon Theology: Philosophical and Theological Possibility (Salt Lake City, 2008) and The Desire to be God: Freedom and the Other in Sartre and Berdyaev (New York, 1992).  McLachlan has additional publications on American and European Personalism, Process Theology, Romanticism and idealism, and Mormon Theology.

Jolanta Saldukaitytė 
is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania.  She has assisted at all five previous Levinas summer seminars, and was an organizer of the 2006 centennial conference on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas held at the University of Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania, in April 2006.  She is co-editor of Levinas Studies, Vol. 11 (Pittsburgh, 2017), and has published several articles on Levinas’s philosophy, especially in its relation to the thought of Martin Heidegger.

Department of Jewish Thought, 712 Clemens Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 14260 USA; and University of Chicago Center in Paris, 6 rue Thomas Mann, Paris, 75013 France.

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