Teaching Philosophy 1 (Online First):1-25 (2021)

Nathan Eric Dickman
University of The Ozarks
I develop Levinas’s analysis of “proximity” to explain how successful faceless class dialogues are possible despite physical social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. I first examine features of Levinas’s notion of proximity within his idiosyncratic approach to “ethics.” Second, I turn to Levinas’s examination of intentionality and questioning in relation to the hermeneutic priority of questioning. Third, I detail some successes and failures in attempts to embody Levinasian proximity in online or masked discussions with students. I draw out contrasts between experiences at two different institutions as well as between curricular and extracurricular experiences. I do this to expose my own vulnerability in this essay itself. Given pandemic conditions as well as Levinas’s theory of proximity, I found that many masked or virtual class discussions—but especially extracurricular group discussions, such as a philosophy club and the Black Student Union meetings—maintained a closeness of community despite social distancing.
Keywords Levinas  pandemic pedagogy  dialogue  proximity
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,579
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Levinasian Reflections on Somaticity and the Ethical Self.Joel W. Krueger - 2008 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 51 (6):603 – 626.
Ethics and Transphenomenality: A Levinasian Literary Hermeneutics.Jae Seong Lee - 1997 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo
Critical Proximity.Stefan Herbrechter - 2017 - Journal for Cultural Research 21 (4):323-336.
The Art Opening: Proximity and Potentiality at Events.Martin Fuller & Julie Ren - 2019 - Theory, Culture and Society 36 (7-8):135-152.
Self and Other in Ethics and Law: A Comment on Manderson.Jonathan Crowe - 2008 - Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 33:145-151.
Liberdade e proximidade em Levinas.Paulo César Nodari - 2006 - Veritas – Revista de Filosofia da Pucrs 51 (2):89-96.
Appartitre et visibilite. Le monde selon Hannah Arendt et Emmanuel Levinas.Martine Leibovici - 2006 - Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 14 (1-2):55-71.


Added to PP index

Total views
17 ( #621,827 of 2,461,869 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #70,504 of 2,461,869 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes