Ethics at a Standstill: History and Subjectivity in Levinas and the Frankfurt SchoolAsher Horowitz $60.00
Published in 2008 | 320 pages | cloth | ISBN: 978-0-8207-0407-4
In Ethics at a Standstill, Asher Horowitz explores the philosophies of Levinas and the critical theorists of the Frankfurt School, demonstrating the ways in which their works diverge from and complement each other. Not simply a comparative study in which approaches are compared and contrasted, nor an attempt to blend or synthesize thinkers with quite distinct aims and methods, the book suggests, rather, that Levinas and the Frankfurt School tend toward each other, that each speaks to the desire that the other already exhibits.
Demonstrating an authoritative command of both the thinkers themselves—including Benjamin, Horkheimer, and Marcuse—and the various philosophical contexts in which they are embedded, Horowitz offers a politically thoughtful and philosophically provocative analysis based on a wide range of texts and a critical reconstruction and confrontation between the positions.
ASHER HOROWITZ is professor of political science at York University in Toronto. He is the coeditor of Difficult Justice: Commentaries on Levinas and Politics and the author of Rousseau, Nature, and History.