“Ideology and Justice": Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar

July 2, 2018 - July 6, 2018
University of Chicago Center in Paris, 6 rue Thomas Mann, Paris, France, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

6 rue Thomas Mann


University at Buffalo
Western Carolina University
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University


University at Buffalo
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

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Levinas has taught that ethics is straightforwardness itself, the sincerity of the face opening up moral obligations which require a larger context of justice for all, including knowledge, laws, government, culture, and all that constitutes civilization.  And yet we know that institutions, corporations and governments lie, that mass media deceive, that human desires can be manipulated and even manufactured.  Can our age of Spectacle, Surveillance and Ideology do other than efface the face, coopt and commodify human freedom?  What is the import of fundamental ethics for politics, for justice?  Can there be an ethical politics?  Can ethics respond to False Consciousness and its contemporary technological supports?  These are some of the questions the Seminar will raise, guided by explication of selected texts by Levinas.

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Ten scholars of philosophy and/or political philosophy – professors and graduate students – will be accepted to participate in this round-table seminar.  Application deadline: March 15, 2018.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from the present time until deadline, until all ten places are filled.  Applicants should send: (1) letter of interest and (2) curriculum vitae, as attachments to [email protected]

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March 15, 2018, 7:00pm CET

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