Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism, by Claire Elise Katz
“Claire Elise Katz makes great strides in resolving our current cultural war over the role of religion in the public sphere. By turning to Levinas’s writings on education, she shows how religion as a cultural form can engender ethical agents in a way that standard philosophical accounts fail to do.” -Martin Kavka, Florida State University
Reexamining Emmanuel Levinas’s essays on Jewish education, Claire Elise Katz provides new insights into the importance of education and its potential to transform a democratic society, for ‘s larger philosophical project. Katz examines Levinas’s “Crisis of Humanism,” which motivated his effort to describe a new ethical subject. Taking into account his multiple influences on social science and the humanities, and his various identities as a Jewish thinker, philosopher, and educator, Katz delves deeply into Levinas’s works to understand the grounding of this ethical subject.