Five: Art's Inhumanity: “Reality and Its Shadow”

Gabriel Riera

in Intrigues

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226719
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235315 | DOI:
Five: Art's Inhumanity: “Reality and Its             Shadow”

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This chapter discusses Emmanuel Levinas' criticism on the inhumanity of art in his essay “Reality and Its Shadow”. It explains that the il y a plays a central role in Levinas' thinking and in his determination of the nonethical nature of the work of art. Levinas places transitional layers between the anonymous rumbling of the il y a and the order of the world or totality, and considers the exposure of consciousness to the il y a as a horror that throws subjectivity into an impersonal vigilance.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; inhumanity of art; Reality and Its Shadow; art criticism; consciousness; il y a

Chapter.  11571 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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