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Erin Graff Zivin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286829

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286829.001.0001

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Abraham’s Double Bind

Abraham’s Double Bind

(p.77) Abraham’s Double Bind

Erin Graff Zivin

Fordham University Press

The book’s third part, “Violent Ethics,” pursues untimely unorthodox readings of what the author calls Levinas-after-Derrida, a thinking of ethical responsibility that has already been subjected to the work of deconstruction. The analysis, which moves from the account of the binding of Isaac in the first section to Jorge Luis Borges’s parable “Kafka and His Precursors” in the second, argues that we should imagine ethics as guarding an intempestive, violent secret at its core. “Abraham’s Double Bind,” explores the undecidable, violent nature of the ethical scene by considering philosophical and quasi-philosophical responses to the binding of Isaac.

Keywords:   binding of Isaac, Derrida, Jacques, Cohen, Leonard, ethics, Kierkegaard, Søren, Levinas, Emmanuel, sacrifice

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