The above quote is a line from The IT Crowd, a very funny British comedy series. But it made me laugh because we recently worked on Emmanuel Levinas in my Contemporary Philosophy course. I do not always find myself aligned with his ideas, and actually generally dislike his disposition and writing style. (Another French philosopher, hmf.) If I had to align myself with an ethical philosophy, it would (obviously) be that of Arthur Schopenhauer. I would like to maybe someday compare Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics of Ethics (where the premise is recognizing sameness) with Levinas’ concept of the Other. My lecturer however, objected to this idea (among many others). It wasn’t really a fun module… Nonetheless, I still learnt a great deal.

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