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August 1-5, 2022

Monday August 1

9:45am registration
10:00am- 12:00 Self-Introductions.

  • Welcome and introductory remarks by Richard Cohen: The problematic of the ethics of democracy.
  • Lecture overview of Levinas: “What is Easy and What is Difficult in Levinas”

12-1:30pm lunch

1:30 – 5:00pm

  • Background, critics of liberal democracy: Carl Schmitt, The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy
    (1923) (MIT Press); Rosa Luxemburg, Reform or Revolution (1900)

Tuesday August 2

10:00am – 12:00

  • E. Levinas, “The Temptation of Temptations,” from E. Levinas, Nine Talmudic Readings, 30-50.
    12-1:30pm lunch

1:30 – 5:00pm Continue with morning readings.

Wednesday August 3

10:00am – 12:00

  • E. Levinas, from Totality and Infinity: “Infinity and the Face,” 194-197; “Ethics and the Face, 197-201; E. Levinas, from Otherwise than Being, “Essence and Signification,” 11-14, “Sensibility,” 14-15, “Being and Beyond Being,” 15-16; “Outside,” 175-185.

* Afternoon is free (Possible group trip to Niagara Falls)

Thursday August 4

10:00am – 12:00

  • (continue with E. Levinas, Otherwise than Being, “Outside”); E. Levinas, from Collected Philosophical Papers, “Freedom and Command,” 15-23; E. Levinas, from Is it Righteous to Be?, “The Awakening of the I,” 182-187.

12 – 1:30pm lunch

1:30 – 5:00pm Continue with morning readings.

Friday August 5

9:30am – 12:00

  • E. Levinas, from Entre Nous: “Philosophy, Justice, and Love, 103-121;
    “The Other, Utopia, and Justice, 223-233; E. Levinas, from Outside the Subject, “The Rights of Man and the Rights of the Other,” 116-125.

12 – 1:30pm lunch

1:30 – 4:00pm

  • Continue with morning readings.
  • Concluding remarks.

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