Levinas Separates the (Hu)Man from the Nonhu)Man, Using Hunger, Enjoyment and Anxiety to Illuminate Their Relationship (French Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas) - Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

Levinas Separates the (Hu)Man from the Nonhu)Man, Using Hunger, Enjoyment and Anxiety to Illuminate Their Relationship (French Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas)

By Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

  • Release Date - Published: 2007-01-01
  • Book Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Author: Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy
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Levinas Separates the (Hu)Man from the Nonhu)Man, Using Hunger, Enjoyment and Anxiety to Illuminate Their Relationship (French Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas) Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy read online review & book description:

Abstract: This paper is part of my journey with Emmanuel Levinas on a dystopic path to the ethical encounter. For the journey, I agree to be Levinas's human subject, to encounter his "other". And he agrees to traverse a path through my world, a world of food and eating. To ready me for the encounter, Levinas tells me the story of his ethics, narratively (we 'journey' through it), and so this paper is unavoidably 'story' too. To preface, then: The ethical encounter is a "face to face" encounter between a "human" subject (me) and an "other" (Totality and Infinity, 39). In my encountering the other face to face in the world of food, food production and eating, Levinas tells the story of the violences of my existence- of my 'eating' of the world at the expense of the other. Face to face with the other, I cannot void my responsibility for the needs and suffering of the other. In "proximity" with the other, I am guilty for eating; in proximity, I respond by giving the other "bread from [my] mouth" otherwise than Being, 100). In this first part of the journey, I am hungry, and Levinas leads me through scenes replete with food and eating. He shows me how this world can satiate my needs, but how it will, inevitably and inextricably, leave me, a not-yet ethical human subject, vulnerable and exposed. Keywords: Levinas; hunger; nourishment; enjoyment; anxiety; proximity; ethics; face to face encounter; the il y a; elemental; alterity; vision; elevation; bonne conscience; grasping

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