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Redeeming the elemental: Levinas on nature

Redeeming the elemental: Levinas on nature Can we find in nature what Levinas has called "the face of the Other?" While acknowledging that Levinas himself resists such a move, I argue here that his thought can ground environmental ethics. The fundamental traits demanded by Levinas's account can be found, specifically, in the challenging strangeness of the natural world, and also in its mortality and susceptibility, as increasingly brought to light by human techno–power. Nature's ethical demand is uncovered via a re–examination of what Levinas calls "the elemental", here reclaimed as a milieu out of which the natural world arises as "mattering', as demanding our responsibility and deserving of our care. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

Redeeming the elemental: Levinas on nature

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2002.053892
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Abstract

Can we find in nature what Levinas has called "the face of the Other?" While acknowledging that Levinas himself resists such a move, I argue here that his thought can ground environmental ethics. The fundamental traits demanded by Levinas's account can be found, specifically, in the challenging strangeness of the natural world, and also in its mortality and susceptibility, as increasingly brought to light by human techno–power. Nature's ethical demand is uncovered via a re–examination of what Levinas calls "the elemental", here reclaimed as a milieu out of which the natural world arises as "mattering', as demanding our responsibility and deserving of our care.

Journal

Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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