Symmetry and Otherness: On Interaction with the Other in Camus and Levinas

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Symmetry and Otherness: On Interaction with the Other in Camus and Levinas

Type: Master thesis
Title: Symmetry and Otherness: On Interaction with the Other in Camus and Levinas
Author: Veljanovska, Rebeka
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Camus
Levinas
Otherness
Ethics
Abstract: This thesis examines the differences between Camus and Levinas on the topic of interaction with the Other, and what these differences ultimately mean for their philosophies from the focal question of ‘how can we interact with the Other?’. My claim is that the symmetry in Camus’ understanding of the relationship with the Other results in an interaction which allows for the creation of meaning between the subject and Other that Levinas does not leave room for. I first do a basic comparison of their philosophies, then detail the use of the term ‘transcendence’ in order to establish a ground upon which the comparison between them can be made, since their approaches and terminology are quite different. I then lean on Derrida to criticize Levinas’ concept of Otherness, and end by discussing how Camus evades these pitfalls by having a concept of the Other which allows for a symmetrical relationship.
Supervisor: Uljee, Rozemund
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Philosophy (120 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Philosophy of Humanities
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52632
 

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