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Beyond Subjectivity. Levinas, Kierkegaard and the Absolute Other

Author(s): Floriana Ferro

Journal: Nordicum-Mediterraneum
ISSN 1670-6242

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: A2;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Ethics | Freedom | Infinity | Kierkegaard | Levinas | Person | Philosophy | Subjectivism | Theology | Totality

The relation between Levinas and Kierkegaard is controversial. In his writings, especially Difficult Freedom and Proper Names, the former strongly criticizes the latter: he goes against the submission of ethics to religion of Fear and Trembling and the view of subjectivity coming out from the Concluding Unscientific Postscript. Singularity and relation to God are then the principal points of collision between the two philosophers. Since Kierkegaard, for chronological reasons, has never replied to Levinas, one only knows the opinion of the latter. One will never know what the former would have said on his own behalf. Maybe he would have exacerbated the debate or maybe he would have tried to solve it. Perhaps he would have done both with two different pseudonyms, ironically making a fool of Levinas.
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