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The ethics of responsibility : the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas

dc.contributor.authorVan Der Merwe, Willieen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDe Voss, Vidaen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-12T08:51:02Z
dc.date.available2018-02-12T08:51:02Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationVan Der Merwe, W. & De Voss, V. 2008. The ethics of responsibility : the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Acta Academica, 40(1):1-30
dc.identifier.issn2415-0479 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0587-2405 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103113
dc.descriptionCITATION: Van Der Merwe, W. & De Voss, V. 2008. The ethics of responsibility : the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Acta Academica, 40(1):1-30.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://journals.ufs.ac.za
dc.description.abstractEmmanuel Levinas’s ethics is based on the Other/other. He argues that we are in an asymmetrical relationship with our neighbour that pre-destines us to ethical responsibility even before consciousness or choice. In the face-to-face encounter an infinity and alterity about our neighbour is revealed, which is irreducible to our ontological grasp, and thereby compels us to respond to him. It is also through this relation that our humanity is released as our solipsistic “all-for-myself” becomes a “being-for-the-other”. Furthermore, the “I” is irreplaceable, thereby making each of us ethically responsible for our neighbour, even to the point of responsibility for his material misery. This paper introduces and, in the main, supports this idea of Levinas’s.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://journals.ufs.ac.za/index.php/aa/article/view/1161
dc.format.extent30 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSUN MeDIA Bloemfontein
dc.subjectEthicsen_ZA
dc.titleThe ethics of responsibility : the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinasen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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