The Critique of Autonomy in Emmanuel Levinas’
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Autonomijas kritika Emanuēla Levina filozofijā
The Critique of Autonomy in Emmanuel Levinas’ Philosophy

Author(s): Alise Buligina
Subject(s): Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Phenomenology
Published by: Latvijas Universitātes Filozofijas un socioloģijas institūts
Keywords: Emmaneul Levinas; ethics;

Summary/Abstract: The topic of the article is the critique of autonomy in Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophy. The article is focused on the critique found in Levinas’ early texts in the context of more general critique of the Western philosophical tradition. It is revealed that Levinas’ conception of autonomy presupposes the value of the freedom of “I”. It can be both unhinged freedom and freedom bound by universal law, but, in any case, in Levinas’ view, the orientation of philosopy to autonomy fails to take on a properly ethical attitude towards the Other. Instead, Levinas turns attention to the attitude of heteronomy that is more basic than the attitude of autonomy and is ethical.

  • Issue Year: XXIV/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 152-164
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Latvian