Living With the Other

The Ethic of Inner Retreat

  • Avi Sagi

Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 99)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Avi Sagi
    Pages 1-5
  3. Avi Sagi
    Pages 79-100
  4. Avi Sagi
    Pages 101-124
  5. Avi Sagi
    Pages 125-160
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 191-209

About this book


The book grapples with one of the most difficult questions confronting the contemporary world: the problem of the other, which includes ethical, political, and metaphysical aspects. A widespread approach in the history of the discourse on the other, systematically formulated by Emmanuel Levinas and his followers, has invested this term with an almost mythical quality—the other is everybody else but never a specific person, an abstraction of historical human existence. This book offers an alternative view, turning the other into a real being, through a carefully described process involving two dimensions referred to as the ethic of loyalty to the visible and the ethic of inner retreat. Tracing the course of this process in life and in literature, the book presents a broad and  lucid picture intriguing to philosophers and also accessible to readers concerned with questions touching on the meaning of life, ethics, and politics, and particularly relevant to the burning issues surrounding attitudes to immigrants as others and to the relationship with God, the ultimate other. 


Alternative to the “other” of Levinas Contesting the Oedipus Myth Ethic of Compassion Ethic of Justice Ethic of Loyalty to the Visible Love and Sovereignty Presence of God The Other and the Principle of Identiy The Self Preceding the Other The Transcendence of the Other

Authors and affiliations

  • Avi Sagi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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