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  Igor Dukhan. The Meanwhile: criticism of art in the formation of Emmanuel Levinas ethical philosophy (1949th)
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Igor Dukhan. The Meanwhile: criticism of art in the formation of Emmanuel Levinas ethical philosophy (1949th)

The formation of Emmanuel Levinas original philosophical and ethical concept is considered in connection with his ontological criticism of art. The basic themes and motives of Levinas philosophy in the 1940th (hypostasis and the formation of Subjectivity, the future and the Other, Eros and the child-bearing) are analyzed in the context of philosopher’s daily life. Reality and its Shadow, published in 1948 and devoted to the negative criticism of art as the substitution of Being, is considered in the problematical and thematic field of two major Levinas oeuvres of that time Existence and Existents and Time and the Other. Aspects of philosophical criticism of art – artistic image as an independent reality, image and symbol, image and idolatry, resemblance and shadow, art as allegory of Being, a phenomenon artistic quasi-time (meanwhile), philosophical reflection of art are analyzed.

 

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas philosophical – ethical concept, philosophy of time, Being, present, future, art, image and allegory, intersubjectivity.