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Decolonizing Levinasian Politics

John E. Drabinski

in Levinas and the Postcolonial

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641031
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652617 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641031.003.0005
Decolonizing Levinasian Politics

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This chapter addresses the question of how alterity transforms the political. It re-examines a famously fraught question in Emmanuel Levinas's work, which is what remains of politics and the political after ‘ethics as first philosophy’. The chapter investigates how the body of the political subject signifies political obligations, and how signification prescribes certain ways of thinking about community and hegemony.

Keywords: alterity; politics; Emmanuel Levinas; political subject; political obligations; community; hegemony

Chapter.  13519 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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