Nathan Bell is lecturer at Monash University, where he teaches in the School of Historical, Philosophical and International Studies (SOPHIS). He has published several articles on the politics of asylum and his research focus is a combination of political theory and continental philosophy.
Chapter One - A New Guarantee
Chapter Two - Limitations of the ‘Right to Have Rights’: The Case of Denmark
Chapter Three - Political Justice: Levinas contra Aristotle, or the Problem with the Kindertransport
Chapter Four - France Alone? Testing the Limits of Asylum
Coda - Politics of Hauntology: Of Missing Persons
In his search for a radical rethinking of what constitutes politics, Nathan Bell draws our attention to the failure of politics fuelled by forgetfulness and loss. Drawing on the work of Levinas, Arendt, and others, he fashions an original and compelling case that identifies asylum as fundamental to the meaning of politics. A profound account that forces us to confront our complicity in a world of current injustice.
Bell is a crucial voice in the debate about the nature of asylum. By bringing together the work of some of the most important philosophers from the European continental tradition, such as Arendt, Derrida and Levinas, with illuminating case studies, Bell shows us how we can develop an ethos of responsibility for refugees. It is an important book for anyone seeking to understand continental philosophy and our obligations to refugees.