The "ethical anthropic principle" and the religious ethics of Levinas

Nuyen, A. T. (2001) The "ethical anthropic principle" and the religious ethics of Levinas. Journal of Religious Ethics, 29 3: 427-442. doi:10.1111/0384-9694.00091

Author Nuyen, A. T.
Title The "ethical anthropic principle" and the religious ethics of Levinas
Journal name Journal of Religious Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0384-9694
Publication date 2001-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/0384-9694.00091
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 427
End page 442
Total pages 16
Editor D. M. Yeager
Place of publication Malden, Mass., U.S.A.
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
440103 Ethical Theory
780199 Other
Abstract Why did Levinas choose Isaiah 45:7 ("I make peace and create evil: I the Lord do all that") as a superscription of his essay on evil? This article explores the role of evil in Levinas's religious ethics. The author discusses the structure of evil as revealed phenomenologically and juxtaposes it to the structure of subjectivity found in the writings of Levinas. The idea of the "ethical anthropic principle," modeled upon the cosmic anthropic principle, is then used to link evil to the responsibility of the subject. The link is subsequently extended to God. This is proposed as one way of understanding the meaning of Isaiah 45:7. © 2001 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Keyword Anthropic principle
Ethical anthropic principle
Q-Index Code C1

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Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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