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Single Idea 20445

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 9. Communism]

Full Idea

For Levinas, Marxism is the absorption of the ethical in the socioeconomic, and so it is the disappearance of the face-to-face relation and the privileging of relations of solidarity and anonymous sociality, which he calls 'socialism'.

Gist of Idea

Levinas says Marxism is the replacement of individualist ethics, by solidarity and sociality


report of Emmanuel Levinas (works [1956]) by Simon Critchley - Impossible Objects: interviews 1

Book Reference

Critchley,Simon: 'Impossible Objects: interviews' [Politty 2012], p.10

A Reaction

Startling, if you are not used to this sort of thing. If you are in trouble, I should help you, not because you are you, or a human being, but because you are a member of my group? So what about the Good Samaritan? Or solidarity with humanity? Animals?