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Dean's Lecture, 1/23

Originally Posted on admin, January 23, 2009

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Dean's Lecture, 1/23: Levinas: Experiments at the Limits of Philosophy

Who: J. Walter Sterling (A93), St. John's College, Santa Fe

Title: Levinas: Experiments at the Limits of Philosophy

Where: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College

When: Friday, January 23, 8 p.m. (note new date)

Contact: 984-6000 (St. John’s College Switchboard)

Details: This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question and answer period.

Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), in his two masterpieces Totality and Infinity and Otherwise than Being, challenged philosophical discourse to articulate a view of the human vocation as one of radical ethical responsibility for the other. On his account, this attempt generates the most extreme tension with traditional philosophical categories and hierarchies, and yet remains philosophical. In his lecture, Sterling shall try to make some sense of this.