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Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze: Exploring the Significance of the Other in an Image-Driven World

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In the contemporary era, we are constantly bombarded with images. From the moment we wake up and check our phones to the time we go to bed and turn off the TV, we are surrounded by a sea of visual stimuli. This constant exposure to images has a profound impact on the way we think about ourselves and the world around us.

In his groundbreaking work, Totality and Infinity, Emmanuel Levinas argues that the face of the Other is the source of our ethical responsibility. Levinas sees the face as a revelation of the Other's uniqueness and vulnerability. When we look into the face of the Other, we are confronted with the demand to respond to their needs. This demand is not based on any prior knowledge or understanding of the Other, but simply on the fact that they are a human being.

The Ethics of Visuality: Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze (International Library of Contemporary Philosophy)
The Ethics of Visuality: Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze (International Library of Contemporary Philosophy)
by Hagi Kenaan

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Language : English
File size : 922 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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Print length : 177 pages

Levinas's philosophy has important implications for our understanding of ethics in the contemporary world. In an image-driven world, it is easy to become desensitized to the suffering of others. We can scroll through endless images of war, poverty, and injustice without feeling any sense of responsibility to act. However, Levinas reminds us that the face of the Other is a call to action. When we look into the face of the Other, we are obligated to respond to their needs, even if we do not understand them or agree with them.

The book Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze explores the significance of Levinas's philosophy for understanding ethics in the contemporary world. The book brings together leading scholars in the fields of philosophy, ethics, and visual culture to examine the implications of Levinas's work for our understanding of the Other, responsibility, and alterity.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part, "The Face of the Other," explores the ethical significance of the face. The second part, "Responsibility and the Gaze," examines the implications of Levinas's philosophy for our understanding of responsibility. The third part, "Alterity and the Image," explores the relationship between Levinas's philosophy and visual culture.

Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze is an essential read for anyone interested in the ethical implications of visual culture. The book provides a timely and provocative exploration of the significance of the Other in an image-driven world.

Table of Contents

  • Part I: The Face of the Other
  1. The Face and the Ethical
  2. The Face as a Call to Responsibility
  3. The Face and the Other as Infinite
  • Part II: Responsibility and the Gaze
    1. Responsibility and the Other
    2. The Gaze and the Responsibility to Respond
    3. The Gaze and the Responsibility to Witness
  • Part III: Alterity and the Image
    1. Levinas and the Image
    2. Alterity and the Gaze
    3. The Image of the Other and the Ethics of Seeing
  • About the Author

    Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) was a French philosopher who is considered one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Levinas's work has had a profound influence on philosophy, ethics, and theology, and his ideas continue to be debated and discussed today.

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    The Ethics of Visuality: Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze (International Library of Contemporary Philosophy)
    The Ethics of Visuality: Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze (International Library of Contemporary Philosophy)
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    Language : English
    File size : 922 KB
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    Word Wise : Enabled
    Print length : 177 pages
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    The Ethics of Visuality: Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze (International Library of Contemporary Philosophy)
    The Ethics of Visuality: Levinas and the Contemporary Gaze (International Library of Contemporary Philosophy)
    by Hagi Kenaan

    5 out of 5

    Language : English
    File size : 922 KB
    Text-to-Speech : Enabled
    Screen Reader : Supported
    Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
    Word Wise : Enabled
    Print length : 177 pages
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