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Final Exam Kyle David Bowe PHIL 2020, Spring 2006 Louisiana State University Prepared for: A. Conque Johnson Word count: 1,495
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Bowe 2 5. Explain the relationship Levinas asks us to have with the Other. Include a discussion of responsibility for the Other, the idea of the deposing of the ego in order to give primacy to the Other, and all other relevant topics. Please be thorough in your response. Central to Emanuel Levinas’ ethical philosophy is his concept of the Other. The capitalization of his use of the word other is due to the complexity of its use. Levinas does not mean other as in another or something different than us but rather he means it as something more. He saw this concept of the Other as a limit to ontology in ethics. What Levinas means by the Other is more a force emanating from all that demands love and respect. Our relationship we have with the Other is a responsibility for the Other. On page ninety-five of his book Ethics and Infinity , Levinas says “[In Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence ] I speak of responsibility as the essential, primary and fundamental structure of subjectivity.” This is to say that our judgment of others is based on our call to responsibility to the Other. We get this call to responsibility as we view the face. Levinas does not mean face as the front of the head, but rather something that is distinctly human and captures the humanity of every man, woman and child. We do not observe but we rather feel a draw toward equality and “adequation”. This responsibility for the Other is also preoriginary. We do not choose to be responsible and as Levinas says “It is responsibility that goes beyond what I do.” (p. 96) This responsibility goes beyond something that we were born with, it is something that the universe was created with. It is the most basic of callings or instincts. However, we do have the choice to accept or refuse this responsibility. This choice defines our personal
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Bowe 3 morality. Also, in Levinas’ ethical system, we are not to worry about what choices others make. We are to be concerned with our own calls and not that of the other or even the Other. However, one is responsible even for the Other’s responsibility.
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