Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Locating Responsibility After Heidegger: Levinas and Nancy
by Larson, Michael, M.A., The University of Toledo, 2008, 119; 10835838
Abstract (Summary)

The thesis explores the intertwining of the ethical and the ontological, contrasting the works of Jean Luc Nancy and Emmanuel Levinas around central themes and questions posed, in part, by Martin Heidegger. The thesis evaluates their respective approaches to relationality and responsibility in relation to a number of central questions including finitude and the infinite, situatedness and the everyday, and their respective approaches to freedom and decision. While taking seriously the infinitely demanding sense of responsibility in Levinas's work, I find the conceptions of relationality and responsibility in Levinas to be lacking with concern to situatedness and political considerations. These issues are connected to how Levinas conceives of ethical subjectivity. In response, Nancy's thinking of relationality opens up an approach to ethical responsibility which is entirely rooted in our finite situatedness, and thus does not place the ethical apart from the ontological.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pryor, Benjamin S.
Commitee: Blatz, Charles V., Pryor, Ashley E.
School: The University of Toledo
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy
Keywords: Continental ethics, Emmanuel levinas, Jean luc nancy, Martin heidegger, Relationality
Publication Number: 10835838
ISBN: 9780355970395
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