The Reckoning of possibles

asylum seekers, justice and the indigenisation of the Levinasian Third

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In this essay, I focus on the death of an asylum seeker, Josefa Rauluni, at Villawood immigration detention centre, in order to address a series of critical questions concerning ethics, justice and non-negotiable responsibility. I contextualise this constellation of questions within a Levinasian framework of ethics as a first philosophy in order to suggest what needs to be done. I conclude the essay by transposing Levinas' concept of the third, as the arbiter of justice that transcends the limitations of the self-other relation, to an Australian context preoccupied with the topics of refugees, hospitality, justice, ongoing colonial relations of power and Aboriginal sovereignty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-42
Number of pages20
JournalThe Australian feminist law journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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