Arnett outlines communication ethics as a primordial call of responsibility central to Levinas's writing and mission. Arnett analyzes communication ethics through a Levinasian lens with examination of social artifacts ranging from the Heidegger-Cassirer debate to Rupert Murdoch's News of the World story concerning illicit possession of information.
Levinas's Rhetorical Demand offers an account of Levinas's project and the pragmatic implications of attending to a call of responsibility to and for the Other. This book yields a rich and nuanced understanding of Levinas's work, revealing the practical importance of his insights, and including a discussion of a constellation of related theorists and thinkers.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
"Levinas's Rhetorical Demand is an important book that will find an interested audience among Levinasian scholars; those interested in communication ethics, communication theory, and rhetorical theory; and scholars and practitioners of dialogue."--Paula S. Tompkins, author, Practicing Communication Ethics: Development, Discernment, and Decision-Making
"Ronald C. Arnett's latest book constitutes an essential, high-impact resource for any scholar interested in Emmanuel Levinas's work and its implications for communication ethics. In this key volume, Professor Arnett brilliantly shows why Levinas's ideas should be understood as a communication ethics in action, an ethics that endows us with the infinite responsibility we have toward others. By exploring the multiple obligations demanded of us by 'the face of the Other, ' this book shows why Levinas's ethics resists any a priori metaphysics that would demand a code or procedure to be followed."--Fran ois Cooren, professor, Universit de Montr al, Canada
"Arnett paints a convincing picture of Levinas making "the Other which holds the 'I' hostage" as both the starting point of his philosophy and a challenge to the "originative 'I'" of the West. Levinas is also rightly described as following Immanuel Kant in identifying a need to temper the inclinations of the ego but as going much further than Kant in denouncing the tyranny of reason. Arnett clearly shows Levinas's awareness that "one cannot control the self-centered focus of the ego with an enlightened reasoning" (121)."--Nicholas O. Pagan, Universiti Malaya