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Humanism, Anti-humanism, the Inhuman

  • Paul Standish
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Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 11)

Abstract

Beginning with a contrast in philosophical thinking drawn by Emmanuel Levinas, this paper seeks to expose ways in which prevailing conceptions of personal and moral identity, and the humanism that is often allied to them, are based on a conception of human being that is limited. The discussion takes the ideas of autonomy and authenticity as means to expose this, examining the ways in which these connect with the politics of recognition. The dismantling of a certain conception of the human is considered in relation to Charles Taylor’s work. In spite of Taylor’s negative assessment of post-structuralism, its potential to expose the limitations of humanism and to enable a rethinking the nature of human being is explored with reference to Levinas and, especially, through the writings of Jean-François Lyotard.

Key Words

autonomy authenticity humanism inhuman recognition pluralism post-modernism post-structuralism 

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