Levinas, Storytelling and Anti-Storytelling

Levinas, Storytelling and Anti-Storytelling aims to ask some new questions about the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, by reading him as a storyteller of ethics, albeit a troubled and troubling one.

In doing this, I’m reading Levinas very much against the grain — not only against the grain of his own unease with storytelling, but also against the grain of Levinas scholarship. It is, in other words, a somewhat un-Levinasian reading of Levinas.

The book weaves together stories of reading Levinas, the stories that Levinas both tells and untells. In doing so, it tries to find new passages and new trajectories along which it is possible to travel, so that we can think about Levinas’s ethics of responsibility afresh.

What Buckingham argues for is an awareness of language’s materiality that calls us into question, disrupting tendencies to philosophical storytelling that simplify and reduce.Annette Hilt, Frontiers of Philosophy in China