Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar Series

2017 Levinas attendees at Niagara Falls.

The 2017 seminar, held at the University at Buffalo, included a trip to Niagara Falls

The Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar series examines a variety of topics approached through the thinking of Emmanuel Levinas (1906-95), who is recognized as one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th Century. 

Levinas Seminar International Conference

"Imperatives of Alterity and Law in Levinas and Kant"

LPSS Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, July 15-19, 2024

Director: Richard A. Cohen (University at Buffalo, NY, USA &Vilnius University, LT)

Assistant Directors of Seminar: Prof. James McLachlan (Western Carolina University, NC, USA) and Assoc. Prof. Jolanta Saldukaityte (Vilnius University, LT)

Invited speaker: Assoc. Prof. Danutė Bacevičiūtė (Vilnius University, LT)

Topic Description:

Contrary to philosophy’s normal epistemological predilection, both Kant and Levinas argue for “the primacy of practical reason,” for “ethics as first philosophy,” finding morality at the root of all intelligibility.  Yet for Levinas moral imperative arises as responsible response to the other person’s alterity while for Kant it arises as dutiful respect for law in the other and oneself.

Through explication of texts and discussion, this seminar aims to clarify the grounds and some of the moral and political consequences of their agreement and disagreement.

Participant application subissions deadline: April 14, 2024

Application Procedure

Ten scholars of philosophy and/or political philosophy – professors and graduate students – will be accepted to participate in this round-table seminar.

To apply send:

(1) A detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography with contact information for two professional references; (2) An application essay which should address your interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the seminar and to make a contribution to a learning community.

Send these as email attachments to: Levinas.center@gmail.com

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from the present time until deadline, until all ten places are filled. A limited number of auditors will also be accepted. Please indicate if you are applying as an auditor.

Application deadline: April 14, 2024. 

All applicants will be notified no later than April 21, 2024.

There is no registration fee.  The LPSS provides no financial support.


This year seminar is a part of the research project “The Reception of Emmanuel Levinas’ Thought in Contemporary Philosophical Discourse” funded by the Research Council of Lithuania (grant Nr. S-LIP-22-62) & Institute of Philosophy at Vilnius University


About the Seminars


Jolanta Saldukaityte
Vilnius, Lithuania