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Traces of WarInterpreting Ethics and Trauma in Twentieth-Century French Writing$
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Colin Davis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940421

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940421.001.0001

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Afterlives

Afterlives

Althusser and Levinas

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(p.134) Chapter Seven Afterlives
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Traces of War
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Colin Davis

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940421.003.0008

This chapter considers the influence of the war on the works of Althusser and Levinas. Althusser’s period as a POW prepared the way for his conversion to Communism and his becoming the foremost Marxist thinker of his generation; and in his life and writing, the issue of incarceration dramatically re-emerged when he killed his wife, Hélène. Levinas was a naturalized Frenchman, originally from a Jewish family in Lithuania, when war broke out. His experiences as a POW consolidated his distancing from the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger and laid the way for his position as a highly influential ethical thinker whose work was particularly important for the ethical turn of poststructuralism.

Keywords:   Althusser, Levinas, ethics, prisoner of war, marxism

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