AILS Lecture

May 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Takes place at U.C.L.A., 306 Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095

The AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR LEVINASSIAN STUDIES is pleased to announce its second lecture on The Philosophers and Death Penalty with Peggy Kamuf, Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.

“Never, to my knowledge, has any philosopher as such, in his properly philosophical discourse, never has any philosophy as such, contested the legitimacy of the death penalty” observes Jacques Derrida in the course of his two-year seminar on the death penalty. What significance should we attribute to this absence of philosophical argument against capital punishment throughout the Western tradition? This talk will address that question with reference to, among others, Levinas.

Presented in English, this lecture is free and open to public, and will be followed by an discussion and a cocktail.

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