532 - Levinas and Derrida: The Ethics of Deconstruction - The reading seminar will undertake a close critical reading of selected works by both Levinas and Derrida. The objectives of the seminar are: 1) to become familiar with the work of Levinas and its importance to French Continental thought; 2) to examine the influence of Levinas on Derrida; 3) to explore Derrida’s critical reading of Levinas and its role in the ethical turn in Derrida's own work; 4) to consider the ethical consequences of deconstruction and its importance to political issues.
Tentative list of Texts:
Levinas, Totality and Infinity
Levinas, Otherwise Than Being: Or Beyond Essence
Derrida, “Metaphysics and Violence”
Derrida, “At This Very Moment in This Work Here I Am”
Derrida, Adieu to Emmanuel Levinas
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