Ethics and Justice in Daki Menan

Barbara Jane Davy


Emmanuel Levinas’s radical sense of responsibility leads him to argue that one does not have the right to speak on one’s own behalf, because one does not have the right to claim anything for oneself in ethical subjectivity. However, he also argues that justice requires that I speak on behalf of the other. One is obligated to the other not in an abstract sense but as “me.” Applying Levinas’s understandings of ethics and justice to the situation in Daki Menan, land of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai in northern Ontario, places me under accusation, and requires a response of academic activism.

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