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Being-in-CreationHuman Responsibility in an Endangered World$
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Brian Treanor, Bruce Benson, and Norman Wirzba

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264995

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264995.001.0001

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Creature Discomforts

Creature Discomforts

Levinas’s Interpretation of Creation Ex Nihilo

(p.113) Creature Discomforts

Jeffrey Hanson

Fordham University Press

In “Creature Discomforts”, Jeffrey Hanson argues that, contrary to other interpretations, the trope of creation ex nihilo plays, with some minor changes and development, a significant role throughout Levinas’s writing rather than being abandoned after Totalityand Infinity. Levinas uses the trope of creation ex nihilo in a primarily ethical, rather than ontological, sense: first, to underscore the absolute and immemorial character of the ethical demand to which we are called by the Other and, second, to stress that the singularity of the ethical subject cannot be absorbed in any totality: “only creation establishes a truly separate subject.”

Keywords:   Ex Nihilo, Paternity, Levinas, The Other, Father, Totality and Infinity, Justice

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