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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 6, 2006

A Century with Levinas

François-David Sebbah
Pages 261-273

Levinas: Father/Son/Mother/Daughter

The aim of this article is to give an account of the Levinasian description of the Father/Son relation and to evaluate its philosophical implications, in particular in the domain of phenomenology. It will also consider the Levinasian description of the feminine, which is often problematical on account of its machismo. It is argued that these two questions, apparently quite unrelated, are in fact closely linked: they both derive from a common aporia situated at the heart of the decisive phenomenological description of the trial of otherness.

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