Exit, escape, wandering, uprooting, are concepts that mark the philosophical path of Levinas to such an extent that his reflections can appropriately be defined as a thought of exodus. The exodus from Totality to Otherwise than being, the semantics of “path” instead of “ethics,” have consequences on the political level, because the Promised Land is not a place but the encounter with others. Politics of exodus is then a policy able to constantly question one’s institutions. Such a horizon of political ethics affects also, evidently, the relations between Palestine and the State of Israel, in relation to which – notwithstanding his very often criticized lack of neutrality – Levinas does not undervalue the danger that Israel, as “State of David,” turns into a sheer “State of Ceasar.” This dubious situation leads to one of the most problematic questions of his Quatre lectures talmudiques: is the promised land also a permitted land?

Emmanuel Levinas: a philosophy of Exodus

Rita Fulco
2019

Abstract

Exit, escape, wandering, uprooting, are concepts that mark the philosophical path of Levinas to such an extent that his reflections can appropriately be defined as a thought of exodus. The exodus from Totality to Otherwise than being, the semantics of “path” instead of “ethics,” have consequences on the political level, because the Promised Land is not a place but the encounter with others. Politics of exodus is then a policy able to constantly question one’s institutions. Such a horizon of political ethics affects also, evidently, the relations between Palestine and the State of Israel, in relation to which – notwithstanding his very often criticized lack of neutrality – Levinas does not undervalue the danger that Israel, as “State of David,” turns into a sheer “State of Ceasar.” This dubious situation leads to one of the most problematic questions of his Quatre lectures talmudiques: is the promised land also a permitted land?
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