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date: 26 February 2020

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“How does one become an ethical subject in the manner that Levinas describes?” This question reveals a central quandary in Levinas’s ethical project. Stated differently, the question asks if Levinas’s ethics describe a subject that is not yet. The question lies at the heart of a significant scholarly debate within scholarship on Levinas’s work. This essay examines Levinas’s writings on education considering in particular how Levinas’s ethical subject emerges. The first part of the essay focuses on Levinas’s claim that we are in a crisis of humanism, a crisis that calls for a new subjectivity. His claim and ensuing argument can be found in both his writings on Judaism and his philosophical writings.

Keywords: education, Judaism, philosophy for children, teaching, ethical development

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