In several passages of Levinas’ work we see that his way of presenting the political front is ambiguous. Or, more precisely, that the “object” of the political in his reflections about justice and the State is only apparently clear; there is a sort of equivocalness that is worth clarifying and distinguishing. The aim of this article is to describe two political moments in Levinas, read in terms of the State as a possible figure in politics. We thus unravel an anti-political theme which is critical of the politics of the State, in order to reach a theme of a State that is just and egalitarian. This opens up new territory from which to think of the political. One critique of Levinas’ ideas of the State in terms of its ethical-political linkages is that put forth by Alberto Sucasas. A second contrasting critique is the interesting and extravagant reading of Miguel Abensour, in which Levinasian ethical-political relationships lead to a critical renewal of a new figure of the State, leaving the political and state terrain open to new reflections.
|Translated title of the contribution||Levinas' Political Moments: From an anti-political theme to a fair and Egalitarian State|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2014|
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