Levinas and the Political
Routledge – 2002 – 240 pages
Series: Thinking the Political
Howard Caygill systematically explores for the first time the relationship between Levinas' thought and the political. From Levinas' early writings in the face of National Socialism to controversial political statements on Israeli and French politics, Caygill analyses themes such as the deconstruction of metaphysics, embodiment, the face and alterity.
He also examines Levinas' engagement with his contemporaries Heidegger and Bataille, and the implications of his rethinking of the political for an understanding of the Holocaust.
Howard Caygill is in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College.