Responsibility and the Other: Between the Political and the Ethical -- Levinas, Weil & Arendt

26Apr2018 15:00 - 18:00


5th session of the ASCA Theory Seminar organized by Patricia Llorens, Gerrit Schaafsma, Linda Xheza

Bushuis room E. 014

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The three thinkers that we have selected offer contrasting ways of approaching the notion of responsibility and the Other. For Levinas the ethical is beyond the state and politics, while for Weil the ethical and the political are inextricalbly linked. In contrast, Arendt argues that it is the political that grounds our ethical obligations to one another. We use extracts from each of these thinkers as the basis for a discussion about some contemporary issues relating to refugees, migration, and statelessness in our age of crisis. 


  • Doering, E.J. 2010. Simone Weil and the Spectre of Self-Perpetuating Force pp. 184-190; 197-205
  • Levinas, E. 1969. Totality and Infinity pp. 197-201; 212-218; 251-253
  • Arendt, H. 1973. The Origins of Totalitarianism pp. 291 - 301

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