Paul Ricoeur and Emmanuel Levinas. Self-respect or the dignity of being elected?

Argumenta Philosophica 2017 Vol. 1 Art. 4

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Clase de producto: Ensayos
Editorial: Herder Editorial
ISBN: d201724625906034
Publicación: 05/2017
Formato: EPUB
Idioma: Inglés
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Paul Ricœur and Emmanuel Levinas. Self-respect or the dignity of being elected?
Catherine Chalier

Although Ricœur and Levinas were friends and very respectful one of the other they did not share the same views on decisive philosophical issues. While Ricœur refuses to cross the borders between philosophy and theology for the sake of the autonomy of any philosophical discourse, Levinas does not hesitate to refer to questions arising from his study of the Jewish tradition while writing his philosophical books. Yet he argues he is a philosopher and not a Jewish thinker. Ricœur describes the human subjectivity as both an idem identity and an ipse identity and he stresses the reciprocity we need in our human relationships. Levinas underlies the importance of the election of the human subjectivity and he explains how this election is the core of our uniqueness and of the asymmetry in ethics. Ricœur is opposed to such a responsibility as described by Levinas's ethics arguing it lacks a connection to ontology. Yet such a criticism is assumed by Levinas whose ethics is coming from the immemorial past of love (Agápe).

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