The Rigor of a Certain Inhumanity
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199 pages


Ethics and politics as they support the ecological

Focusing on the idea of universal suffrage, John Llewelyn accepts the challenge of Derrida's later thought to renew his focus on the ethical, political, and religious dimensions of what makes us uniquely human. Llewelyn builds this concern on issues of representation, language, meaning, and logic with reflections on the phenomenological figures who informed Derrida's concept of deconstruction. By entering into dialogue with these philosophical traditions, Llewelyn demonstrates the range and depth of his own original thinking. The Rigor of a Certain Inhumanity is a rich and passionate, playful and perceptive work of philosophical analysis.

Part 1. Phenomenology of Language
1. Ideologies
2. Worldviews
3. The Experience of Language
4. Phenomenology as Rigorous Science
5. Pure Grammar
6. Meanings and Translations
Part 2. Table Talk
7. Approaches to Quasi-theology via Appresentation
8. Who Is My Neighbor?
9. Who or What or Whot
10. Ecosophy, Sophophily, and Philotheria
11. Barbarism, Humanism, and Democratic Ecology
12. Where to Cut: Boucherie and Delikatessen
13. Passover
14. The Rigor of a Certain Inhumanity



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Date de parution 12 juillet 2012
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EAN13 9780253005861
Langue English
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Studies in Continental Thought
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Llewelyn, John. The rigor of a certain inhumanity : toward a wider suffrage / John Llewelyn. p. cm. — (Studies in Continental thought) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-253-00326-3 (cloth : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-253-00579-3 (pbk. : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-253-00586-1 (electronic book) 1. Philosophical anthropology. 2. Phenomenology. 3. Derrida, Jacques. 4. Lévinas, Emmanuel. I. Title. BD450.L555 2012 128—dc23 2012005092
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For David Wood in friendship and admiration
it is perhaps more “worthy” of humanity to maintain . . . the rigor of a certain inhumanity.
They will get it straight one day at the Sorbonne. We shall return at twilight from the lecture Pleased that the irrational is rational.
—Jacques Derrida
—Wallace Stevens
Part OnePhenomenology of Language
3The Experience of Language
4Phenomenology as Rigorous Science
5Pure Grammar
6Meanings and Translations
Part TwoTable Talk
7Approaches to Quasi-theology via Appresentation
8WhoIs My Neighbor?
9Who or What or Whot
10Ecosophy, Sophophily, and Philotheria
11Barbarism, Humanism, and Democratic Ecology
12Where to Cut:BoucherieandDelikatessen 13Passover 14The Rigor of a Certain Inhumanity
Notes Index
Chapters 1 and 2 are based on “Representation in Language,” in Ananta Sukla, ed.,Art and Representation (Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2001), pp. 29–59; chapter 3 on “Close Reading, Distant Writing, and the Experience of Language,” in Ananta Sukla, ed.,Art and Experience(Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2003), pp. 20–41; chapter 4 on the chapter in Welsh on Edmund Husserl in John Daniel and Walford L. Gealy, eds.,Hanes Athroniaeth y Gorllewin (History of Western Philosophy) (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009); chapter 6 on “Meanings Reserved, Re-served and Reduced,”The Southern Journal of Philosophy XXXII, Spindel Conference 1993, Supp. vol.,Derrida’s Interpretation of Husserl,pp. 27–54; chapter 7 on “Approaches to (Quasi-) Theology Via 1994, Appresentation,”Research in Phenomenologyno. 2, 39, Engaging the Religious (Leiden: Brill, 2009), pp. 224–247; chapter 8 on “Am I Obsessed by Bobby? (Humanism of the Other Animal),” in Robert Bernasconi and Simon Critchley, eds.,Re-Reading Levinas (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991), pp. 234–245, adapted as chapter 3 of myThe Middle Voice of Ecological Conscience: A Chiasmic Reading of Responsibility in the Neighbourhood of Levinas, Heidegger and Others (London: Macmillan; New York, St. Martins Press, 1991); chapter 9 on “Who or What or Whot,” in J. Aaron Simmons and David Wood, eds.,Kierkegaard and Levinas: Ethics, Politics, and Religion (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008), pp. 69–81; chapter 10 on “Ecosophy, Sophophily and Philotheria,” in Pierfrancesco Basile and Leemon B. McHenry, eds.,Consciousness, Reality and Value: Philosophical Essays in Honour of T. L. S. Spriggeam Main: Ontos, 2007), pp. (Frankfurt 259–273; chapter 11 on “Pursuing Levinas and Ferry toward a Newer and More Democratic Ecological Order,” in Peter Atterton and Matthew Calarco, eds.,Radicalizing Levinas(Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010), pp. 95–111; chapter 12 on “Where to Cut:Boucherie and Delikatessen,Research in Phenomenology40, no. 2,The Non-human Animal(Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 161–187; chapter 13 on the French text of endnote 22 to chapter 13 of myMargins of Religion: Between Kierkegaard and Derrida(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009). I thank the editors and publishers for granting permission to adapt these items for publication here. I am greatly indebted to Dee Mortensen, Angela Burton, Sarah Jacobi, Marvin Keenan, and Emma Young for their expertise in the editing of this book, to my brother Howard and my nephew Simon for rescuing me at times of crisis with the electronics, and to my wife Margaret, my brother David, and all other members of our families for their encouragement and cooperation. John Sallis and François Raffoul weresine quibus non.