Levinas and the defination of philosophy: An ethical approach

Formosa, Paul (2006) Levinas and the defination of philosophy: An ethical approach. Crossroads: An interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics, 1 1: 37-46.


Author Formosa, Paul
Title Levinas and the defination of philosophy: An ethical approach
Journal name Crossroads: An interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics
ISSN 1833-878X
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 37
End page 46
Total pages 10
Editor J. Washington
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Web
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
440209 Philosophy of Religion
780199 Other
Abstract Emmanuel Levinas’ thought seems to be strictly neither rational, phenomenological nor ontological, and it thus intentionally exposes itself to the asking of the question ‘why call it philosophy at all’? While we may have trouble containing Levinas’ thought within our traditional philosophical boundaries, I argue that this gives us no reason to exclude him from philosophy proper as a mere poser, but rather provides the occasion for reflection on just what it means, in an ethical manner, to call something ‘philosophical’. Instead of asking whether or not philosophy can ‘contain’ Levinas’ thought, I contend that it would be more ethical to instead re-phrase the question in terms of ‘sociality’. When we do this, I argue, we can indeed justifiably call Levinas’ thought philosophy.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2007 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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