Levinas, the face, and governance 

Since the face is so moving for Levinas, the neighbourhood is the ideal ethical distance for governance- once you don’t see personal faces you won’t have the same respect and compassion. Levinas said that his philosophy could be boiled down to ‘after you,’ and that looking at the face of the Other he is compelled to do more and try harder the Other. So, if you’re too remote from the people you’re governing that’s regrettable, but also if you’re too intimate, which is why there should be separations of powers and policies in place to discourage dynasties, like inheritance tax. 


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