THE 2020 NEH SUMMER SEMINAR WILL BE POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022 DUE TO PANDEMIC CONCERNS.
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.
One week intensive text-based examination of politics and democracy viewed from the ethics of responsibility elaborated in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995). Opposing the Hobbesian ‘realpolitik’ of human-wolves, on the one hand, and the liberalism of Lockean propertied freedoms, on the other, Levinas roots the political in the radical imperative inter-personal obligations of ethical responsibility – for each other and for all others – which is to say, in the quest for social justice. Such a perspective binding the political to the ethical, to justice, makes democracy not one regime among others but the best regime, the ideal of politics.
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