Aesthetics as first philosophy: Levinas and the non-human

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Graham Hamam

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Research Article

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Naked Punch

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Emmanuel Levinas is usually seen as an ethical and religious philosopher. This reading is understandable to the point of seeming obvious, and certainly matches the philosopher's own self-interpretation. But on closer scrutiny, the narrowly ethical reception of his thought seems to be one-sided. For Levinas pushes beyond the oppressive totality of beings not just through ethics, but in three distinct ways.

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Originally published in the Summer/Fall 2007 issues of Naked Punch. (Editors have given me their permission to put this on DAR, but so far they cannot find an uncorrupted PDF in their files. Until they do, I am submitting this photocopied/scanned version of the article.)

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