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Emmanuel Levinas: The Phenomenology of Sociality and the Ethics of Alterity

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Born into a Jewish family in Lithuania in 1906, Levinas left in 1917 for the Ukraine, where he witnessed the Russian Revolution and its aftermath. In 1923, he moved to Strasbourg and became a student of philosophy at the university. He spent 1928 and 1929 studying under Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger at the University of Freiburg. After returning to France in 1930 Levinas published his dissertation, La théorie de l’intuition dans la phénoménologie de Husserl (THI). In it he acknowledged the importance of Husserl’s recognition of practical and axiological truths with a different ontological structure from theoretical truth (THI, 133). However, Levinas accepted Heidegger’s rejection of Husserl’s privileging of theory. The Heideggerian reading of Husserl in The Theory of Intuition came to dominate the French appropriation of phenomenology and established Levinas as one of the foremost exponents of phenomenology.

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  • Ethical Relation
  • Phenomenological Description
  • Philosophical Writing
  • Egoistic Identity
  • Radical Alterity

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Bernasconi, R., Keltner, S. (2002). Emmanuel Levinas: The Phenomenology of Sociality and the Ethics of Alterity. In: Phenomenological Approaches to Moral Philosophy. Contributions to Phenomenology, vol 47. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-9924-5_13

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