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The inhuman condition : looking for difference after Levinas and Heidegger

Author: Rudi Visker
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : Duquesne University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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At its core, this volume seeks to address a simple question: how should we understand the surprisingly monotonous statements of our societies and our philosophers that all converge around the theme of the importance of difference?" "In this postmodern age, Visker points out, many philosophical disagreements end in a strange sort of stalemate, as parties are unable to resolve their disputes because they lack common  Read more...
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Visker, Rudi, 1959-
Inhuman condition.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : Duquesne University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)762228277
Named Person: Emmanuel Lévinas; Martin Heidegger; Martin Heidegger; Emmanuel Lévinas
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rudi Visker
ISBN: 9780820704173 0820704172
OCLC Number: 236321272
Description: x, 306 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : talking 'bout my generation --
Part I : looking for difference --
Levinas, multiculturalism, and us --
In respectful contempt : Heidegger, appropriation, facticity --
Whistling in the dark : two approaches to anxiety --
Part II : after Levinas --
The price of being dispossessed : Levinas' God and Freud's trauma --
The mortality of the transcendent : Levinas and evil --
Is ethics fundamental? : questioning Levinas on irresponsibility --
Part III : after Heidegger --
Intransitive facticity : a question to Heidegger --
Demons and the demonic : Kierkegaard and Heidegger on anxiety and sexual difference --
Dissensus communis : how to keep silent "after" Lyotard --
Conclusion : in search of visibility.
Responsibility: Rudi Visker.
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At its core, this volume seeks to address a simple question: how should we understand the surprisingly monotonous statements of our societies and our philosophers that all converge around the theme of the importance of difference?" "In this postmodern age, Visker points out, many philosophical disagreements end in a strange sort of stalemate, as parties are unable to resolve their disputes because they lack common ground for mediating the disagreement. Opposing sides, indeed, may have so little in common that they cannot even be said to disagree, but are said to be characterized by difference. Our lives are influenced more and more by such differences, as we witness culture wars in ideological, political, and even armed forms.

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