Abstract

In 1961, Emmanuel Levinas published his seminal work Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority1 in which he proposed his theory: ethics as First philosophy. Levinas proposes that an ethical relationship with an "infinitely other", a relationship that is based on a face-to-face encounter is what can save humanity from violence. In 1967, Jacques Derrida published an essay, "Violence and Metaphysics"2, in which he responded to Levinas and criticized him for committing "violence" towards Greek logos. According to Derrida, Levinas's philosophy is in contradiction with the premises of Greek philosophy and language. This paper examines both texts and further explores the question of violence.

Department

Philosophy Department

Degree Name

MA in Philosophy

Date of Award

2-1-2018

Online Submission Date

June 2017

First Advisor

Stelzer, Steffan

Committee Member 1

Melaney, William

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

49 p.

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