The Demanded Self
Levinasian Ethics and Identity in Psychology
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Duquesne University Press
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When writing a book one draws dangerously close to the edge of utter absorption. And, ironically, while writing a work whose primary goal is to challenge the self-centering orientation of Western paradigms, I must admit that the writing...
1. An Introduction
In a museum housed in Prague’s Jewish Quarter, I stumbled upon an ancient tome inscribed with a definition of Judaism that frames the heart and intent of the following pages:...
In the foreword to Wiesel’s Night (1960/1990), the French Catholic writer and Nobel Laureate François Mauriac exclaims, “I believe that on that day I touched for the first time upon the mystery of iniquity whose revelation was to mark the...
3. The Idol of Reason
In ancient Greece, truth, goodness, and beauty were qualities of the Divine and inexorably linked, mutually illuminating dimensions of life. Nonetheless, within Plato, Aristotle, and the traditions that followed, Western philosophy...
4. The Normal Bell-Shaped Self
Levinas’s fundamental criticism of the West centers on its use of the immanent order — nature and history — as a viable source of meaning and definition for the self. According to Levinas (1976/1990b), “If ‘know thyself ’ has become the fundamental...
5. The Buffered Self
A BBC series was produced in 2002 under the title The Century of the Self. Referring to the twentieth century, Adam Curtis (the series creator) explores the radical alterations that took place in how the human self was perceived...
6. Hineni and Transference
Tucked away in the hills of France, there is a small town named Le Chambon. During World War II, Jews, fleeing from other regions of Vichy-controlled France and the advancing forces of Germany, were sheltered in its homes. At...
7. Hearing “Thou Shalt Not Kill”
Looking over my patient’s chart, I read the same disturbing comments found in many of the files: “Sexually molested by grandfather.” “Ritually beaten by his alcoholic father before the abandonment.” “Mother in and out of jail...
8. The Psyche Awakened
C. S. Lewis’s (1946) compelling allegory of heaven and hell, The Great Divorce, begins with its nameless main character standing in line at a bus stop in the civic center of a “grey town” that is “always in the rain and always in evening twilight” (1). Surrounding the bus stop are residences spread out in concentric...
It is not unusual to read the word “prophet” in many secondary texts describing Levinas’s approach (Alford 2002; Ford 1999; Harold 2009). In his groundbreaking work The Prophets, Heschel (1962) provided an illuminating description...
Page Count: 246
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 821708132
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