Levinas separates the (hu)man from the non(hu)man, using hunger, enjoyment and anxiety to illuminate their relationship

Hirst, Angela (2007) Levinas separates the (hu)man from the non(hu)man, using hunger, enjoyment and anxiety to illuminate their relationship. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 3 1: 159-190.

Author Hirst, Angela
Title Levinas separates the (hu)man from the non(hu)man, using hunger, enjoyment and anxiety to illuminate their relationship
Journal name Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy
ISSN 1832-9101
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 159
End page 190
Total pages 32
Place of publication Hawthorn, VIC, Australia
Publisher Cosmos Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper is part of my journey with Emmanuel Levinas on a dystopic path to the ethical encounter. For the journey, I agree to be Levinas’s human subject, to encounter his “other”. And he agrees to traverse a path through my world, a world of food and eating. To ready me for the encounter, Levinas tells me the story of his ethics, narratively (we ‘journey’ through it), and so this paper is unavoidably ‘story’ too. To preface, then: The ethical encounter is a “face to face” encounter between a “human” subject (me) and an “other” (Totality and Infinity, 39). In my encountering the other face to face in the world of food, food production and eating, Levinas tells the story of the violences of my existence- of my ‘eating’ of the world at the expense of the other. Face to face with the other, I cannot void my responsibility for the needs and suffering of the other. In “proximity” with the other, I am guilty for eating; in proximity, I respond by giving the other “bread from [my] mouth” otherwise than Being, 100). In this first part of the journey, I am hungry, and Levinas leads me through scenes replete with food and eating. He shows me how this world can satiate my needs, but how it will, inevitably and inextricably, leave me, a not-yet ethical human subject, vulnerable and exposed.
Keyword Levinas
Hunger
Nourishment
Enjoyment
Anxiety
Proximity
Ethics
Face to face encounter
Elemental
Alterity
Bonne conscience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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