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Emmanuel Levinas on Morality, Justice, and the Political

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers
July 17th to 21st, 2017
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 

Directors: Richard A. Cohen and James McLachlan

Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) is now recognized as one of the most original and important philosophers of the twentieth century. His contributions include re-grounding knowledge, aesthetics, politics, and religion in ethics, and defining the source of the ethical in moral responsibility as caring for the other’s well-being before one’s own. Moral responsibility to and for the other person, however, is not enough: such morality demands justice for all.

“Emmanuel Levinas on Morality, Justice, and the Political” is an intense, week-long seminar that focuses on this intersection between morality and justice, between the face of the other, society at large, and the state. We invite sixteen American university and college teachers to join us in our sustained intellectual discussion of Levinas’s thought as a profound and relevant re-framing of the relationships between morality, justice, and the political. All who are interested and appropriately qualified may apply.

Application deadline: March 1st, 2017
Acceptance Notification: March 31st, 2017

The University at Buffalo

The Department of Jewish Thought

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Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.