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Anya Topolski is a FWO postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Acknowledgments / Abbreviations / Introduction: In Search of a Politics of Relationality / Part I: Bridges and Breaks / 1. Biographical and Philosophical Intersections / 2. Divided by Disciplinary Confines / Part II: On Hannah Arendt / 3. The Political: From Ashes to Hope / 4. An Ethics from Within the Political / Part III: On Emmanuel Levinas / 5. Levinas’ Ethics of Alterity / 6. A Politics from Within Ethics / Part IV: From Plurality and Alterity to Relationality / 7. From Arendt and Levinas To Relationality / 8. The Promise and Pitfalls of Relationality / A.Works Cited / B. Related Works / Index
This persuasive and passionate book stages a long overdue encounter between Arendt’s notion of plurality and Levinas’s ethics of alterity, in order to construct an affirmative politics of relationality that is richly informed by the Judaic. Working beyond categorical differences between politics and ethics, Topolski presents this ‘post-foundationalist’ relationality as a moving commitment to hope in divisive and dangerous times.
— Seán Hand, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick
This lucid and probing book offers a new way to understand the political and ethical philosophies of Hannah Arendt and Emmanuel Levinas in relation to one another and to the broader questions raised by ethical and political philosophy. Bold, clear, and provocative, this book initiates a set of critical conversations that we have yet to see.
— Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory, University of California, Berkeley