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.
|Advisor:||Pryor, Benjamin S.|
|Commitee:||Blatz, Charles V., Pryor, Ashley E.|
|School:||The University of Toledo|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Continental ethics, Emmanuel levinas, Jean luc nancy, Martin heidegger, Relationality|
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