The Intrigue of Ethics
A Reading of the Idea of Discourse in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece, Dedication
To Prof. James Olthuis, mentor and friend, for his patient and enthusiastic encouragement, for his singular gift of being-with me throughout this long, sometimes trying, but always enriching writing process...
Preface: Dialogue and Peace
From the macro-cosmic levels of international relations, through national, democratic politics, down through labor-management negotiations, to the micro-levels of marital and even personal therapies, twentieth-century humanity places a great deal of faith...
Part I: The Idea of Discourse
1. The Impasse of Dialogue
Dialogue, as the transmission of meaningful thought contents between interlocutors, is, etymologically, dia-logos, a transmission mediated dia (“through”) the logos (“word,” or “reason”). As such, the very notion of dialogue presupposes an a priori commonality...
2. Original Plurality: The Terms of Discourse
In our opening chapter we argued that the traditional notion of dialogue as dia-logos fails to help us make progress in understanding the conditions of possibility for interparadigmatic dialogue insofar as (1) in those situations that we are claiming are...
3. Discourse as the Condition of Possibility for Dialogue
If the separation or “transcendence” of the other from the same is produced as an ethical refusal-coming from the other-of being reduced to the categories of knowing operated by the same, as the prohibition “Thou shalt not kill” in the very...
Part II: The Possible Impossibility
Introduction to Part II
In the previous chapter, we argued, following Levinas, that the condition of possibility of dialogue (of any dialogue, although our particular interest is in the possibility of interparadigmatic dialogue) is discourse-a non-allergic, ethical relationship with...
4. The Two Aspects of Language: The Saying and the Said
Let us begin our analysis of the saying and the said by analyzing a linguistic event, an event central to the possibility of dialogue, and attempting to sort out, on a Levinasian reading, the modes of meaning operative in it. I say something to an other. We propose...
5. The Two Directions in Language: The Reductive and the Re-Constructive
Let us now examine rather more closely the claim we are developing that for Levinas there is no sense in which the conditions of possibility for . . . exist in the sense that they present themselves to us, that they are present to experience or as experienced...
6. The Moment of Responsibility: Time and Eternity
At the very end of the main text of Totality and Infinity, right before the conclusions (closing the subsection entitled “The Infinity of Time,” of the section entitled “Beyond the Face”), we find the following paragraph, which contains an unanswered...
Part III: Discourse, Philosophy, and Peace
7. Levinas's Philosophical Discourse
In the previous chapter we have, across an analysis of temporality, shown how Levinas’s own philosophical discourse is, by its own testimony, caught up at every moment, “in this very moment,” in the moment as the carrefour of two temporalities that at once...
8. The Im/possibility of Peace
Over thirty years have passed since Jean-Francois Lyotard first characterized “the postmodern condition” as an incredulity toward meta-narratives, that is to say, as a loss in the belief that a Master Story (a comprehensive account of the truth of being and...
A Brief Bibliography
Page Count: 438
Publication Year: 2001
OCLC Number: 50544779
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