The Problem with Levinas

2016.02.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Critchley, The Problem with Levinas, Alexis Dianda (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2015, 156pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.02.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Critchley, The Problem with Levinas, Alexis Dianda (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2015, 156pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198738763. Reviewed by James Hatley, Salisbury University Starting with its title, Simon Critchley's book, an edited transcript of four lectures presented to students in a summer course in the Netherlands in 2013, is doubly provocative. His goal is to set out what he has come to understand anew as the "problem that Levinas' work was trying to pose" (v), as well as Critchley's own "problem" with Levinas' answer. In doing so, Critchley would interrupt business as usual in what at one point he characterizes as the reduction of Levinas' work "to a series of slogans about 'the ethics of alterity,' 'the Other' (capital O), and so on" (133) that parrot the latter's discourse without actually attending carefully to the philosophic context in which his thought emerges and the specific. . .

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