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A critical analysis of dialogue in Levinas’ ethics
A critical analysis of dialogue in Levinas’ ethics

Author(s): Victor Ogheneochuko Jeko, George U. Ukagba
Subject(s): Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: Dasein; freedom; existence; man; ethics

Summary/Abstract: Levinas’s ethics has not been able to address the plethora of human challenges arising from the ethical quicksand and moral quandaries in our existential world. The problem of ethics in Levinas’ s philosophical cum phenomenological analysis, is the problem of human communication, social interaction, human emancipation, freedom, and existential/ metaphysical relations. Freedom has become not just a hot concept in different fields of study, but a very powerful and a driving concept. For Levinas, freedom is not just the absence of constraints or impediments but obedience to laws and even the laws of nature inclusive. This paper adopted the method of hermeneutic to critically analyze Levinas’s phenomenological ethics. This paper concludes by exposing the facts that human communication or interaction is based on understanding and the ethics of difference is part and parcel of inter-subjectivity. Dasein is always faced with the fulfilment in its lived temporality. A sharing of the world is an essential characteristics of human togetherness. Dasein, in its dialogical engagement and existential commitment is usually based on freedom, strife, world sharing and resistance. Dialogical philosophy is the foremost part of world’s cosmic law of concrete social network.

  • Issue Year: 1/2018
  • Issue No: XXX
  • Page Range: 275-293
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English