Abstract

Emmanuel Levinas compares ethical responsibility to a maternal body who bears the Other in the same without assimilation. In explicating this trope, he refers to a biblical passage in which Moses is like a "wet nurse" bearing Others whom he has "neither conceived nor given birth to" (Num. 11:12). A close reading of this passage raises questions about ethics, maternity, and sexual difference, for both the concept of ethical substitution and the material practice of mothering.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 119-136
Launched on MUSE
2005-11-28
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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