An Emergent Ethic: Sensing Response-ability
In the previous chapters I trace a philosophical and political struggle between roots and uprooting, native and stranger, settler and wanderer, ontology (being) and ethics (being-forthe-other), to follow how home has often been caught in a tension of opposites and led to great prejudice, fear and violence from different positions. I located this journey primarily in the characters of Heidegger and Levinas, on the political landscape of 20th century Germany where some of these tensions have manifested themselves most dramatically. One of the themes that emerged in that journey was Levinas’ description of Heidegger’s (and implicitly Nazi) philosophy as pagan -- indulgently sensuous, focused on the interior, with no certain ethic to keep it from violence.
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