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date: 26 February 2020

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In Otherwise Than Being, Levinas offered a new account of subjectivity, and in order to present it, he introduced a number of new terms into his lexicon: “vulnerability,” “substitution,” “intrigue,” and “proximity.” This chapter explores the work done by each of these terms. By contrasting the accounts of pain, enjoyment, and hospitality in Totality and Infinity and Otherwise Than Being, it becomes possible to clarify the continuities and discontinuities in his work. The chapter also draws on Levinas’s remarkably fluid account of the duality of the me and the self that was developed in Existence and Existents to show that in order to think it, he had to think otherwise, employing what could be called “an entangled thinking.”

Keywords: subjectivity, vulnerability, substitution, intrigue, proximity, hospitality, pain, enjoyment, excendence, experience

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