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Linnell Secomb

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623679

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623679.001.0001

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Levinas: Love, Justice and Responsibility

Levinas: Love, Justice and Responsibility

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Philosophy and Love

Linnell Secomb

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores Emmanuel Levinas' ethics of love along with a reading of Marguerite Duras' Hiroshima, mon amour. Hiroshima, mon amour affixes Levinas' ethics. Levinas recognizes the significance of erotic love for the subject and ultimately for inter-human relations. His description of erotic love indicates an interlacing of egoistic pleasure and selfless engagement with the other in the sexual relation. In Alain Resnais' and Duras' film, Hiroshima, mon amour, it is the experience of passionate, obsessional, devoted love for a particular other that grounds and informs the selfless ethical love of every other. It has become clear that the feminine other of the erotic relation (in Time and the Other) offers a model or a prototype for the alterity of the other of the ethical relation (in Totality and Infinity).

Keywords:   erotic love, Emmanuel Levinas, Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima, Alain Resnais, Time and the Other, Totality and Infinity

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