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Levinas Relationships as non-reducible to thought (77) People more than “objects” (a genus) (78) Face: not containable (87-87) The face (other person) calls you into question Forces you to justify yourself Desert island example (simple alone complicated with two people) Kolbe example Morality begins with feeling ‘called into question’ by another person The big problem is apathy If you don’t look the person in the face, you don’t have to deal with them Turning toward other (85) Face begins discourse: it commands (87) It is response and responsibility which _________ Authentic relation is discourse (88) I am he who responds (89) The ‘saying’ and the ‘said’ (88)
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I owe everything to the Other (90)
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Unformatted text preview: Not responsible for myself Responsible for the Other and to the Other (96) I can refuse to accept (97) You are physically capable of refusing to help But you cannot deny that you are being called to aid I am responsible for all (99 &101) For Levinas, we are responsible for the other, infinitely. You can’t ask the question “what about me?” • That attitude is dangerous because it can be used to justify anything The problem in western ethics is that we know the person before we respond to their need. Justice (when there is more than one) (90) The Other’s responsibility for me is his affair and not my concern (98)...
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