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Emmanuel Levinas urminnes trauma: Om relationen till döden i Emmanuel Levinas filosofi
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Philosophy.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Immemorial Trauma of Emmanuel Levinas : On the relation to death in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (English)
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that the notion of death is omnipresent and essential for Emmanuel Levinas through all periods of his thought, although not always explicitly thematized. It tries to show this through a close reading of, firstly, his early period as an explicit polemic against Martin Heidegger’s analysis of death in Being and Time; secondly, his middle period, as an implicit polemic against Alexandre Kojèves influential readings of Hegel; and thirdly, his late period, in the light of psychoanalytical theories about trauma, loss, mourning and survival. This paper further argues that this notion of death, explicitly or implicitly present through all periods of Levinas’s thought, can be characterized as a traumatic survival experience in which a refusal to mourn holds sway. Finally, the paper sketches some consequences that this survival experience of death might have for contemporary post-Levinasian philosophy, to be examined in future research.

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2017. , p. 42
Keywords [sv]
Levinas, Abraham, Torok, Kojève, Heidegger, döden, trauma, överleva, sorg, psykoanalys, förmå, omöjlig
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34090DiVA, id: diva2:1173129
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Philosophy
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2017-05-30, MC 233, Södertörn Högskola, Huddinge, 14:00 (Swedish)
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Humanities, Theology
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