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Levinas, Ethics and Law

Matthew Stone

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A provocative account of how Levinas’ ethics can help us understand our relationship with law

Emmanuel Levinas’s philosophy of ethics has frequently attracted attention amongst legal scholars, but he remains a divisive and often enigmatic contributor to this field. He has been read within contexts as varied as human rights, private law, refugee law, and on the nature of judicial reasoning. This book explores what might unite such apparently diverse applications of his ideas, and in doing so considers the challenge of law’s ethical relationship with the other.

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Part I: The Importance of Ethics
1. Introduction: The Law’s Other
2. The Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas
Part II: Ethics and Law
3. Can Law Be Ethical?
4. Adjudication, Obligation, and Human Rights: Applying Levinas’s Ethics
Part III: Ethics Against the Law
5. The Law of the Same: Levinas and the Biopolitical Limits of Liberalism
6. Law, Ethics, and Political Subjectivity

About the Author

Matthew Stone is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex. He is co-editor of New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political (2012) and is author of numerous journal articles on critical legal theory.

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