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Gabriel Riera

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226719

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226719.001.0001

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Five: Art's Inhumanity: “Reality and Its Shadow”

Five: Art's Inhumanity: “Reality and Its Shadow”

(p.106) Five: Art's Inhumanity: “Reality and Its Shadow”

Gabriel Riera

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses Emmanuel Levinas' criticism on the inhumanity of art in his essay “Reality and Its Shadow”. It explains that the il y a plays a central role in Levinas' thinking and in his determination of the nonethical nature of the work of art. Levinas places transitional layers between the anonymous rumbling of the il y a and the order of the world or totality, and considers the exposure of consciousness to the il y a as a horror that throws subjectivity into an impersonal vigilance.

Keywords:   Emmanuel Levinas, inhumanity of art, Reality and Its Shadow, art criticism, consciousness, il y a

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