Ethics Responsibility Dialogue The Meaning of Dialogue in Lévinas's Philosophy

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This article examines the concept of dialogue in the philosophy of Emmanuel Lévinas, with a focus on the context of education. Its aim is to create a conversation between the Lévinasian theory and the theories of other philosophers, especially Martin Buber, in an effort to highlight the ethical significance that Lévinas assigns to the act of dialogue itself. As a philosopher whose essential interest was trained on the infinite ethical responsibility of the human subject, Lévinas places major emphasis on the ethical meaning of dialogue. On a more fundamental level, he considers the ethics that precede dialogue and enable it to exist, as well as the individual's acceptance of responsibility during dialogue stemming from his recognition of the alterity of the Other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-638
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016

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