chapter  4
The ethics of language Central themes in Levinasian ethics: responsibility for the
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The ethics of language has been a recurring topic in this study, and it is certainly one of its main themes. The question of legal interpretation, as posed at the beginning, brought us to the problem of what to base an interpretation on and further to the question of the interpreter’s choice and responsibility. These issues have been discussed in connection to Wittgenstein’s theory of language as well as hermeneutics and deconstruction. The idea of law’s tragic failure and the crisis of legal interpretation can be distinguished in the background of these discussions.