By Tina Chanter
This quantity of essays, all yet one formerly unpublished, investigates the query of Levinas’s courting to feminist concept. Levinas, referred to as the thinker of the opposite, was once famously portrayed via Simone de Beauvoir as a patriarchal philosopher who denigrated girls by way of viewing them because the paradigmatic different. Reconsideration of the validity of this interpretation of Levinas and exploration of what extra definitely might be derived from his inspiration for feminism are of this volume’s fundamental aims.
Levinas breaks with Heidegger’s phenomenology via realizing the moral relation to the opposite, the face-to-face, as exceeding the language of ontology. the moral orientation of Levinas’s philosophy assumes a topic who lives in a global of pleasure, an international that's made obtainable in the course of the residing. the female presence presides over this living, and the female face represents the 1st welcome. How is that this female face to be understood? Does it supply a version for the endless legal responsibility to the opposite, or is it a proto-ethical relation? The essays during this quantity examine this dilemma.
Contributors are Alison Ainley, Diane Brody, Catherine Chalier, Luce Irigaray, Claire Katz, Kelly Oliver, Diane Perpich, Stella Sandford, Sonya Sikka, and Ewa Ziarek.