Liveability and Language
This chapter reads Judith Butler’s engagements with Emmanuel Levinas, showing how those encounters extend and radicalize (rather than, as many critics have assumed, retreat from) the political charge of Butler’s earlier writing in gender theory. In particular, thinking with and against Levinas, Butler develops her previous work on the notions of viability and survival, ontology and agency, the political and the ethical. The chapter concludes by focusing on minor themes in Levinas’s work on communication, so far unexplored by Butler, to draw out and further develop her theorizations of the politics of coalition.
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