|Levinas and Freud
|Levinas and Freud – Talmudic Inflections in Ethics and Psychoanalysis I argue that the Levinasian Talmudic hermeneutic opens the possibility of making audible the muted Talmudic basis of Freud's psychoanalytic practice and shows the way toward the development of an ethical psychoanalysis. 1st question: Why did Freud keep quiet about the Talmudic influence on his work: Download (PDF)
|Levinas and Nature
|In this paper, I shall review some key elements of Levinas’ thought, and show how his thinking provokes a re-evaluation of thinking about others and our selves, and how this thinking may be relevant and useful within the world of human relations research and in the practice of organizational consulting. I suggest that a mode of thinking which Levinas critiques — totalization — may indeed be that which constitutes the origins of violence, both between self and other, one-to-one, and within groups. It should be remembered that violence is opposed to the good — which is also a consideration of this paper. We shall first consider the motivations for Levinas’ works, then review some key concepts — particularly of totality and infinity — and then consider how Levinasian thought may be applied within an organizational consulting milieu. Then I shall show how these concepts can be applied usefully within a consultation with a group of psychoanalysts who espouse a radical openness, but find themselves clashing over issues relating to what a commitment to openness really means.