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On Philosophy and Ethics: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) and Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995)

Hortense Reintjens

Both Jewish philosophers are of eminent importance to our times. The unique works of the German-American Hannah Arendt and the French Emmanuel Levinas offer a conception for an ethical basis of a humane society. To be distinctively human means to Arendt “living  with others who are both different and like ourselves”. Levinas emphasizes the “Other’s radical otherness” from ourselves. Their concern for war and peace got to be their life mission.