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Aspects of AlterityLevinas, Marcel, and the Contemporary Debate$
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Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226849

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226849.001.0001

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The Other and God

The Other and God

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Aspects of Alterity

Brian Treanor

Fordham University Press

The interconnectedness, even interdependence, of the alterity of other persons and the alterity of God is clearly present in both Gabriel Marcel's and Emmanuel Levinas's work. Steadfastly maintaining a connection between the otherness of God and the otherness of other persons, Levinas and Marcel specifically represent these two loves—love oriented toward the divine and love toward our fellow humans—as intertwined. Both thinkers perceive that one cannot love God without loving one's fellow man, and that one cannot love one's fellow man without loving God. For these philosophers, the relationships we have with other persons are the mode of access—either primarily (Marcel) or exclusively (Levinas)—that we have to God; and this is the clearest indication that the alterity of the other person and the alterity of God are related.

Keywords:   God, alterity, Gabriel Marcel, Emmanuel Levinas, love, relationships, otherness

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