In this paper I am trying to recover Tamares for contemporary ethical discourse by putting his nonviolence and pacifism in dialogue with Levinas's “pacifism” in Totality and Infinity. They share a common aim of eradicating war and violence, or for Levinas, war and “bad” violence. However, they come to this end from very different philosophical places. Tamares's thought starts with a religious humanism which holds that being created in the Divine Image means that humans are at the center of creation and that the purpose of creation is to bring an excellence to human beings. For Levinas it is a basic recognition of the transcendence of another person, which leads to the impossibility of using or harming another person and only leaves open the possibility of responding to their needs, which is the path of peace.

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