The Cambridge Companion to Levinas [NOOK Book]

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Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognised alongside Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre as one of the most important Continental philosophers of the twentieth century. His abiding concern was the primacy of the ethical relation to the other person and his central thesis was that ethics is first philosophy. His work has also had a profound impact on a number of fields outside philosophy such as theology, Jewish studies, literature and cultural theory, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory, international ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Levinas

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Overview

Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognised alongside Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre as one of the most important Continental philosophers of the twentieth century. His abiding concern was the primacy of the ethical relation to the other person and his central thesis was that ethics is first philosophy. His work has also had a profound impact on a number of fields outside philosophy such as theology, Jewish studies, literature and cultural theory, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory, international relations theory and critical legal theory. This 2002 volume contains overviews of Levinas's contribution in a number of fields, and includes detailed discussions of his early and late work, his relation to Judaism and talmudic commentary, and his contributions to aesthetics and the philosophy of religion.
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"[A] quite worthwile volume." Philosophy in Review

"This is an impressive collection of articles, which will appeal to neophytes as well as to the most seasoned veterans of Levinas." - Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139816144
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex, Directeur de Programme at the College International de Philosophie and Humboldt Fellow at the University of Frankfurt.

Robert Bernasconi is Professor of Philosophy, Moss Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Emmanuel Levinas: a disparate inventory
1 Introduction 1
2 Levinas and Judaism 33
3 Levinas and the face of the other 63
4 Levinas's critique of Husserl 82
5 Levinas and the Talmud 100
6 Levinas and language 119
7 Levinas, feminism and the feminine 139
8 Sincerity and the end of theodicy: three remarks on Levinas and Kant 161
9 Language and alterity in the thought of Levinas 188
10 The concepts of art and poetry in Emmanuel Levinas's writings 206
11 What is the question to which 'substitution' is the answer? 234
12 Evil and the temptation of theodicy 252
Bibliography 268
Index 282
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