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date: 20 November 2019

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This chapter contends that Levinas’s authorship can and should be more consistently engaged with contemporary mainstream political philosophy. To facilitate such engagement, the first section considers what our expectations of any Levinasian political philosophy should be such that we do not demand of his thought more than it is able to provide. Second, his texts are analyzed to trace the development of the key idea of “the third party” across his work. In the effort to suggest a couple of areas in which Levinasian contributions to political philosophy are likely to be especially productive, his notions of “liberalism” and “the liberal state” are considered and also the important rethinking of epistemology as an ethico-political task that can occur in light of his thought.

Keywords: justice, democracy, politics, the third party, Levinas, liberalism, epistemology

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