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Self and Other in Ethics and Law: A Comment on Manderson

Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 33, pp. 145-151, 2008

University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 08-13

8 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2008  

Jonathan Crowe

Bond University - School of Law

Date Written: October 20, 2008

Abstract

This article engages with Desmond Manderson's recent book, Proximity, Levinas and the Soul of Law (2006). I begin by examining a vexed topic in Levinas scholarship: namely, the very possibility of a Levinasian legal theory. Manderson makes a constructive and, I think, important contribution to this question, insisting that Levinas does not require us to segregate the domains of ethics and law, as some interpreters have suggested. This basic issue provides us with a springboard to explore two other themes in Manderson's reading of Levinas. The first concerns the relationship between self- and other-oriented approaches to ethical and legal discourse; the second, the role of ethical experience in informing and shaping judicial reasoning.

Keywords: Law and ethics, legal reasoning, Levinas

Suggested Citation

Crowe, Jonathan, Self and Other in Ethics and Law: A Comment on Manderson (October 20, 2008). Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 33, pp. 145-151, 2008; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 08-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1286964

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Bond University - School of Law ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

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