Levinas's approach to ethics begins in the encounter with the other as the most basic experience of responsibility. He acknowledges the necessity to move beyond this initial, dyadic encounter, but has problems extending his approach to a larger dimension, such as community. To shed light on this dilemma, Tanja Staehler examines broader dimensions which are linked to the political realm, and the problems they pose for ethics.
Staehler demonstrates that both Plato and Levinas come to identify three realms as ambiguous: the erotic, the artistic, and the political. In each case, there is a precarious position in relation to ethics. However, neither Plato nor Levinas explores ambiguity in itself. Staehler argues that these ambiguous dimensions can contribute to revealing the Other’s vulnerability without diminishing the fundamental role of unambiguous ethical responsibility.
Stephen Jackson is, by all accounts, a powerful man. He is accustomed to making important decisions quickly, and that confidence serves him well. So when his accountants alert him to a discrepancy involving nearly a million dollars, he demands answers. When he discovers that she is the one who made the million-dollar mistake, he is faced with another of those snap decisions. His decision will alter both their lives irrevocably in a way she never could have predicted.
Can Megan accept his decision and her discipline?
His business demands are only part of what he requires. Is this strong, desirable man the one who can lead her to her dreams, or will he simply end her career? As is his custom he gets what he wants: but can she be the kitten he desires?
Let the games begin.