in Proximity: Levinas in the Spaces of Justice”
May 18-21, 2014|
Salisbury University/Ocean City, Maryland
Fagenblatt, Monash University ; Robert
Gibbs, University of Toronto; Jill
Stauffer, Haverford College
Annual Talmudic Lecture: Georges Hansel, SIREL
Timothy Stock, Philosophy, Salisbury University ; Dr.
James Hatley, Environmental Studies, Salisbury University
the law is in the midst of proximity ...” OBBE 159
two most influential works—Totality and Infinity and Otherwise than
Being—develop accounts suggesting how social and political orders
based upon the ethical priority of peace over war might be enacted.
In working out a fuller sense of Levinas’s approach, which often
remains sketchy in these and his other writings, much has been made
of the face-to-face relationship and of how it leads to communication
with others, as well as opens up the possibility for commentary.
Indeed, without sufficiently acknowledging the responsibility I take
for another, justice, necessarily fragmentary and incomplete, quickly
becomes a tool of injustice. The purpose of this conference is to
consider how Levinasian discourse might address a broad range of
questions of justice and the role of law in meting out justice in the
context of vexing legal and social problems we face today. Paper
submissions are also welcomed that put into question the significance
of justice and/or the law at a more theoretical or metaphysical
level. We are also hopeful that papers might be presented that
consider a Levinasian reading of questions of law and justice within
a variety of cultural traditions, including those found in Cannon
Law, Common Law, Constitutional Law, various notions of Indigenous
Law, International Law, Rabbinical Law, Sharia Law, etc.
On or before March 1, 2014: submission of a 500-word abstract and a
short bio-bibliography of the author.
On or before March 15, 2014: notification, based on the decision of
the acceptance committee.
15, 2014: publication of conference program.
submissions (preferably as doc or pdf files) and questions concerning
the conference should be sent electronically to:NALS2014@aol.com