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Levinas, Ethics and Law

ISBN13: 9781474400763
Published: July 2016
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: Scotland
Format: Hardback
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Emmanuel Levinas's philosophy of ethics has frequently attracted attention amongst legal scholars, but he remains a divisive and often enigmatic contributor to this field. He has been read within contexts as varied as human rights, private law, refugee law, and on the nature of judicial reasoning.

This book explores what might unite such apparently diverse applications of his ideas, and in doing so considers the challenge of law's ethical relationship with the other. In addition to asking how Levinas's ethics can inform legal problems, the book also examines the ways in which the modern legal edifice has a deceptive tendency to close itself off from the ethical experience.


Part I: The Importance of Ethics
1. Introduction: The Law's Other
2. The Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas

Part II: Ethics and Law
3. Can Law Be Ethical?
4. Adjudication, Obligation, and Human Rights: Applying Levinas's Ethics

Part III: Ethics Against the Law
5. The Law of the Same: Levinas and the Biopolitical Limits of Liberalism
6. Law, Ethics, and Political Subjectivity