Responsibility and Crisis: Lévinas and Husserl on What Calls for Thinking
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The point of the present article is to re-examine the relationship between the phenomenological projects of Emmanuel Lévinas and Edmund Husserl with a view to challenging the notion that their projects are radically incompatible. This will involve a bringing together of the two thinkers from both sides. On the one hand, I will offer a reading of Lévinas’ phenomenology as operating within the framework of transcendentalism even while it problematizes aspects of Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology. On the other hand, I will address the notions of crisis and the call to self-justification in Husserl’s later philosophy as suggesting an irrecuperable transcendence in immanence that cannot be fully recovered by the phenomenological method in the way that Lévinas often suggests.
KeywordsRational Life Transcendental Phenomenology Ethical Life Phenomenological Philosophy Husserlian Phenomenology
I am grateful to Ullrich Melle at the Husserl Archives, Leuven for kind permission to cite from unpublished manuscripts in this essay.