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date: 20 February 2020

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This essay takes up the critical importance of Levinas’s work for mental health care and explores the timeliness and relevance of Levinas’s concerns in relationship to the contemporary shape of the clinical disciplines. The authors provide a critical assessment of the existing literature on Levinas and psychology by chronicling and examining the realms of clinical scholarship and theory to which Levinas’s work has been applied. After arguing for the substantial value of this intersectional literature and addressing the current impediments involved in applying Levinas to psychotherapeutic contexts, the authors define several areas in the research that are ripe for future exploration, expansion, and consolidation.

Keywords: Levinas, psychotherapy, clinical disciplines, psychology, psychoanalysis, ethics

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