Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Epic of Gilgamesh, Levinas, morality, meaning of life, compassion

Journal/Book/Conference Title Title

SAGE Open

Volume

6

Issue

3

First Page

1

Last Page

8

Abstract

The Epic of Gilgamesh attempts to answer the question of how, given the finality of death, one might find meaning and happiness in life. Many commentators argue that the text provides two separate, although ultimately unsatisfactory, alternatives. What these commentators appear to miss, however, is the possibility that these two solutions may not be separate. Using Levinas’s distinction between “need” and “desire,” I argue that, by the end of the Epic, they may in fact be synthesized into a single solution, one that suggests the priority of an affective moral grounding as prior to and more fundamental than intellectual solutions.

Department

Department of Philosophy and World Religions

Comments

First published in SAGE Open, v. 6, no. 3.(2016), pp. 1-8, published by SAGE. DOI: 10.1177/2158244016657858

Original Publication Date

7-2016

DOI of published version

10.1177/2158244016657858

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library

Date Digital

2016

Copyright

©2016 Francis Dominic Degnin

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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