Reading Levinas on ‘The Other’ from a Christian Perspective


  • Kajornpat Tangyin


This paper is concerned with the meaning of Levinas’ ‘the other’, and the relation between this and the Christian teaching about the other. Levinas and the theme of ‘the other’ have been discussed among many thinkers, yet its meaning remains elusive. Levinas’ works are still open to new interpretations from readers. As one of Levinas’ readers, I want to translate Levinas’ ‘the other’ into the concrete person – the neighbor. By this translation of ‘the other’ to ‘the neighbor,’ I see a possibility of how to relate Levinas’ thought to the teaching of Christianity concerning the neighbor. I will also discuss the need of being ready to respond responsibly to the call of the other, our neighbor.