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LEVINAS Emmanuel

LEVINAS Emmanuel

French of Lithuanian descent
1906 -  1995

The face is what forbids us to kill

The face is exposed, menaced, as if inviting us to an act of violence. At the same time, the face is what forbids us to kill.
 

The face is a living presence; it is expression. (...) The face speaks. 
 

the face speaks to me and thereby invites me to a relation.
 

What we call the face is precisely this exceptional presentation of self by self.

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