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In our previous seminar with Prof. Mamdani we discussed the question of how to deal with the cases of excessive violence and establish justice with respect to post apartheid transition in South Africa. Giving a reference to Levinas in his paper, Mamdani was critical about thinking human wrongs in terms of ethics where the responsibility for excessive violence is seen as belonging to individuals, who need to be punished in order to establish justice that is criminal justice.

For Mamdani, however, we need to move away from ethics to politics and establish political justice as a practical necessity of living together. Levinas, on the other hand, emphasize ethics as foundational to justice. My responsibility to the Other is an unconditional responsibility one that preserves the alterity of the Other and not attempting to suppress his difference. Secondly, it might be interesting to think the ways in which Levinas and Hegel master-slave dialectic are telling us different stories about the primordial relation between the self and Other?

In Hegel the relation with the Other is a dialectic, confrontational one, a struggle for recognition where self involve in a battle and destroy the otherness as to see itself in the other? A negative relation to the Other. A move from dialectic, negation to affirmative. What are the implications of this shift from negative to positive perception of the relation with the Other on the ways in which we imagine global political futures?

This potential for violence can be seen in both totalitarian and liberal political regimes, which base themselves on this idea of sameness. But the question of politics and justice becomes important when a third party, enters and disturbs the ethical relation of two, which is not very clear for me.

Those questions give birth to politics and justice, to constitute a just order where claims of each party remain intelligible and equal before the law without suppressing their difference. The question that I would like us to think is about this uneasy and sometimes paradoxical relation between ethics and politics.

What kind of a political order can preserve the Otherness of the Other without eliminating it into Sameness? Do we here imagine a kind of multiculturalism, a form of pluralist politics?

Another question that I would like to ask is how Levinas perceives the role of law and what kind of a law universal, local, customary the question of proximity in establishing justice? Living together, sharing together. How this idea of ethics as proximity to the Other produces a particular approach to history?

Peace instead of justice: not taking place in the unthreatening, calm space of the identical in the home of a bourgeois where he is with himself and not disturbed by alterity, but as a relation to alterity, fellowship with the other human where which is shaped by surplus of sociality and love.

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Emmanuel Levinas

Links Awards Internationally renowned as one of the great French philosophers of the twentieth century, the late Emmanuel Levinas remains a pivotal figure across the humanistic disciplines for his insistence—against the grain of Western philosophical tradition—on the primacy of ethics in philosophical investigation. This first English translation of a series of twelve essays known as Alterity and Transcendence offers a unique glimpse of Levinas defining his own place in the history of philosophy. Published by a mature thinker between and , these works exhibit a refreshingly accessible perspective that seasoned admirers and newcomers will appreciate. Without presupposing an intimate knowledge of the history of philosophy, Levinas explores the ways in which Plotinus, Descartes, Husserl, and Heidegger have encountered the question of transcendence.

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Alterity and Transcendence

Michael L. Reviewed by Timothy Stock, Salisbury University In one sense, at least, this book is necessary for those who take Levinas seriously. A centerpiece of Michael L. Morgan argues that Levinas can be the source of a unique conception of ethical politics, in the specific form of "messianic democratic socialism" p. Ethics can play an extra-political role as an engaged form of critique, but must not abandon civic institutions or politics. These chapters are preceded by four that develop the relationship between ethics and politics via "the third party" p.

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discussion of Emmanuel Levinas, “Peace and Proximity”

This entry is dedicated to Emmanuel Levinas , another European thinker who lived at the same time as Schmitt, but who developed very different ideas. I am responsible to the Other without any mediation, only via this face-to-face encounter. This responsibility is prior to my own freedom; it exists before I have done anything in particular. A face-to-face encounter is rare in a world where social categories determine our identity and where people have a hard time facing themselves. Peace or War? Are these two thinkers not telling us very different stories about the primordial relation between self and Other?

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In our previous seminar with Prof. Mamdani we discussed the question of how to deal with the cases of excessive violence and establish justice with respect to post apartheid transition in South Africa. Giving a reference to Levinas in his paper, Mamdani was critical about thinking human wrongs in terms of ethics where the responsibility for excessive violence is seen as belonging to individuals, who need to be punished in order to establish justice that is criminal justice. For Mamdani, however, we need to move away from ethics to politics and establish political justice as a practical necessity of living together. Levinas, on the other hand, emphasize ethics as foundational to justice. My responsibility to the Other is an unconditional responsibility one that preserves the alterity of the Other and not attempting to suppress his difference.

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