Levinas in dialogue with other philosophers

International Workshop, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, 2019, September 23-24

The sympathy and popularity that Levinas’ thinking has in current philosophical debates cannot conceal the fact that reference to his thinking has either remained vague or receptive and exegetical. Unfortunately, this means it is not possible to recognize the richness of his approach and to make it fruitful for current topics.
Until now, the work of Levinas has received consideration in a context of unnecessary self-isolation--which would be programmatically different from the canon of the entire history of Western philosophy.
This assessment will be considered in a differentiated way during the conference.
In order to bring Levinas into dialogue with other philosophical approaches, central points of departure and equally important distinctions are sought and questioned from the methodological, historical and the critical perspective. These dialogues are not only based in the hermeneutic purpose of sounding out systems of thought that help us better understand the foreign and the individual; they also seek to emphasize the relevance of Levinas in discussion with other approaches.

Monday, September 23th
HS 3 D

9:30 - 9:40
Welcome Address
Georg Stenger (Vice-dean, University of Vienna)

9:40 – 10:00
Presentation of the Workshop
Brigitta Keintzel

10:00 – 11:15 (Keynote Lecture in French)
«Levinas/Lyotard : Entre l’Oeil et l’Oreille»
François-David Sebbah (Université Paris Nanterre)

11:15 – 12:15 (Keynote Lecture in English)
Between Judaism and philosophy - Franz Rosenzweig's influence on Levinas's thinking
Silvia Richter (Humboldt University, Berlin)

12:15 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:30
Creative Responsivity. Rethinking Freedom with Castoriadis and Levinas
Anna Wieder

15:30 – 16:30
The source of Responsibility? Arendt and Levinas
Christina Schües

16:30 – 17:30
Emmanuel Levinas and Simone Weil: The Rights of the Others and our Duties.
Pascal Delhom

19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, September 24th

10:00 – 11:00
The Aporia of Justice. Axel Honneth reading Levinas
Sergej Seitz

11:00 – 12:00
Levinas and Agamben on Language and the Political
Peter Zeillinger

12:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:30
On being patient (with Kant, Kierkegaard, and Levinas)
Paul Davis

15:30 – 16:30
The Place of the Self: Levinas and Augustine
Robert Lambert Bernasconi

16.30 – 17:30

Organisation, planning and introduction of the workshop: Brigitta Keintzel (Universität Wien, A, Elise Richter, fund by the FWF,

in Cooperation mit “Phänomenologische Forschungen” https://phaenomenologie.univie.ac.at/forschung/vorlesungsreihe-phaenomenologische-forschungen/

For Admission to the workshop and to the Lectures, please contact the organiser: brigitta.keintzel@univie.ac.at