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Levinas Studies

Volume 3, 2008

Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer
Pages 143-170

Otherness as Path Toward Overcoming Violence
A Comparative Study of Emmanuel Levinas and Simone Weil

Violence has become the number one problem in contemporary societies, and has reached the point of becoming a true challenge to present-day moral conscience. Its general form shows up both as a question and a paradox for our understanding of natural and social phenomena, the progress of scientific knowledge and intellectual conquests, and any attempt to assert the value and respect for life. Each day, no doubt each moment, human rights are both proclaimed and violated.

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