Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism

Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism

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Reexamining Emmanuel Levinasa€™s essays on Jewish education, Claire Elise Katz provides new insights into the importance of education and its potential to transform a democratic society, for Levinasa€™s larger philosophical project. Katz examines Levinas's qCrisis of Humanism, q which motivated his effort to describe a new ethical subject. Taking into account his multiple influences on social science and the humanities, and his various identities as a Jewish thinker, philosopher, and educator, Katz delves deeply into Levinasa€™s works to understand the grounding of this ethical subject.For example, the fathera#39;s responsibility to others is fulfilled when he responds to his young son whose mind is now poisoned with hate. 3. There is the additional, but non-Levinasian point, that even if I save my own child, I could still endanger my child by not helping others in need. ... [attempts to work against the repetition of Auschwitz] I also mean essentially the psychology of people who do such things.

Title:Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism
Author:Claire Elise Katz
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2013


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