Overall the book reads less like a comprehensive study of levinass ideas about time or their relation to trauma and responsibility and more like a series of thoughtful well researched and well argued essays by a very gifted levinas scholar. Levinass prominent use of the concept of trauma provokes the question of how responsibility can be thematized at all given its status as a trace rather than a phenomenon an experience that can be unproblematically represented by consciousness. Levinas and the trauma of responsibility the ethical significance of time studies in continental thought cynthia d coe on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers levinass account of responsibility challenges dominant notions of time autonomy and subjectivity according to cynthia d coe employing the concept of trauma in . Levinass account of responsibility challenges dominant notions of time autonomy and subjectivity according to cynthia d coe employing the concept of trauma in levinass late writings coe draws together his understanding of time and his claim that responsibility is an obligation to the other that cannot be anticipated or warded off. Drawing on the full range of levinass writings and on psychoanalytic theory the first four chapters of cynthia d coes beautifully written book levinas and the trauma of responsibility show us how levinass thought is concerned with what permeates overflows disturbs and runs backwards
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