Ethical Politics and Marginality in Emmanuel Levinas
Lino Gregorio V. Redoblado, OFM
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Many critics of Levinas pointed out that there is no politics in his Philosophy. It is said that an ethical philosophy that cannot be exercised in politics is abstract. The aim of this paper then is to point out that politics is actually very central to Levinas’ philosophical development. It is his serious critique of a totalizing politics that gave him the passion for an otherwise than a tyrannical politics but a politics that seriously considers the tears of the forgotten other – the marginalized. Levinas says, “Politics left to itself bears a tyranny within itself.” (Totality and Infinity). He therefore, calls for an ethical politics, one that is based on sociality and love.

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