Levinas's early work tends to be associated with the idea of alterity even though in his later work the idea of proximity is more prominent. It is true that as time went on Levinas adopted the word neighbor that he had earlier refused; he renounced the word experience; and he replaced his account of paternity with an account of maternity. There is even a growing equivocation in his relation to the I-Thou philosophy of Buber that he had initially defined himself against. Nevertheless these changes do not mark a shift in his thinking so much as a change in emphasis. The two accounts need to be reintegrated which becomes possible once one recognizes the centrality of the persecuted self in his account of subjectivity.
|Title of host publication
|The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology
|Oxford University Press
|Number of pages
|Published - Jul 10 2018
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Arts and Humanities