Levinas has been read, variously, as a theorist of judicial activism, a champion of radical human rights, an illuminator of the inner soul of private law and a proponent of natural law theory.
Matthew Stone asks what unites such apparently disparate applications of Levinas' ideas about law and, in doing so, explores the ethical challenge of law's relationship with 'the Other'. Stone ultimately offers a sceptical conclusion on the capacity of such an ethics to be invested in legal institutions and instead proposes that Levinas' ethics should be embodied in the perpetual critique of law.
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About the Author
Matthew Stone is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex. He is co-author of New Critical Legal Thinking: Law and the Political (2012) and is author of numerous journal articles on critical legal theory.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Importance of Ethics
1. Introduction: The Law's Other
2. The Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas
Part II: Ethics and Law
3. Can Law Be Ethical?
4. Adjudication, Obligation, and Human Rights: Applying Levinas's Ethics
Part III: Ethics Against the Law
5. The Law of the Same: Levinas and the Biopolitical Limits of Liberalism
6. Law, Ethics, and Political Subjectivity