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date: 20 February 2020

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This article will explore how Levinas reads the Ancients, with a special emphasis on Plato since Levinas deems Plato’s concept of the “Good beyond Being” as one of the most important ideas in Western philosophy. Aristotle, by contrast, lost us the Good beyond Being, whereas the Presocratics help to see how the Good is rooted in the elementals. Levinas’s Platonism leads to striking parallels in his treatment of Eros, art, and politics since all of these are areas of ambiguity in which the transcendence of the Good beyond Being is in certain ways undermined, yet still shines through. On Levinas’s reading, Plato shows us the significance of Ethics beyond Being, as well as the diverse ways in which the Good manifests itself in this world, in our souls and in our relations to each other.

Keywords: Levinas, Plato, the Good, Ethics, ambiguity, Eros

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