In this thesis, I build an ethical philosophy centered on receptivity and becoming attentive towards other lives. I have a couple guiding questions. What is happening when we meet another life, human or otherwise? How do we enter into a genuine encounter with a life beyond us, adequately receiving it in its revealed reality? I differentiate between two different ethical orientations: attention and love directed towards another life; and neglect and violence inflicted on another life. The exercise of attention creates conditions that are more favorable for receptivity, whereas the exercise of neglect creates conditions that are more unfavorable for receptivity. The social institutions in which we move model our individual and collective actions, habitualizing the exercise of either attention or neglect on a societal scale. I call for the creation of new institutions that create conditions that are more conducive for a greater receptivity. I primarily draw on selected writings from Gilles Deleuze and Simone Weil; I make briefer references to Baruch Spinoza, Jay Conway, Clarice Lispector, María Lugones, and Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi.
|Advisor:||Bettcher, Talia M.|
|Commitee:||Conway, Jay T., Dizadji-Bahmani, Foad, McLendon, Michael L., Pitt, David|
|School:||California State University, Los Angeles|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Philosophy, Ethics, Metaphysics|
|Keywords:||Attention, Gilles Deleuze, Receptivity, Simone Weil, Violence|
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