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Unformatted text preview: Kunz, George. 1998. The Paradox of Power and Weakness: Levinas and an Alternative Paradigm for Psychology . Albany, NY: SUNY Press. Chapter Two: An Alternative Paradigm Levinas argues that the self is grounded in its ethical relation to the Other, a relation characterized by heteronomy or alterocentrism. Explain. How is the self of this Levinasian A ethical individualism @ different from individualistic and collectivist conceptions of the self? What does Levinas mean by A totality @ ? What does he mean by A infinity @ ? Kunz explains that in our everyday lives we both engage in totalizing relations with others and we also respond to the infinity of the Other. Explain. Kunz explains the paradox of the infinity of the Other as one in which the Other is always distant (beyond my grasp) yet also always near (always calling me to respond). He further says that this entails the Other commanding me, A Do not do violence to me!, @ and at the same time calling upon me, A Provide for my needs!...
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2012 for the course SOC 311 taught by Professor Knapp,s during the Winter '08 term at BYU.
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