ABOUT THE BOOK
LEVINAS St THE ASYMMETRICAL RELATION `Ethics precedes ontology’ is a phrase that sums up the thought of Levinas. He proposes a highly original philosophy in place of the longstanding ontological tradition. A philosophy which `totalizer’ man according to general categories and concepts gradually becomes totalitarian in nature. He concluded that Nazi totalitarian-ism was the fruit of such monolithic thinking. His experience of the Holocaust and its aftermath only confirmed the validity of his new proposal. Levinas insists on the asymmetrical element of the relation between the self and the immediate Other, wherein the self is called to assume ethical responsibility for the Other in a non-reciprocal way. Importantly, Levinas insists that it is ethics that prompts justice, not the other way around. The socio-political order is ultimately founded on an ethical responsibility towards the Other. With its appreciation of alterity, plurality and multiplicity, Levinas’ philoso-phy clearly promotes the dignity of the uman person.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Felix Fernandes, SDB obtained a doctorate in phi-losophy from the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, for his study on Emmanuel Levinas. He also has to his credit a master’s degree in theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. In June 2016 he was appointed as the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Panjim-Konkan (INP). Prior to this appointment he was the Principal of Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik.