Death and Responsibility: The

Death and Responsibility: The "Work" of Levinas

by Dennis King Keenan
     
 

Richly informed by readings of Heidegger, Derrida, and Blanchot, the author argues that the notion of responsibility at the heart of Levinas's notion of ethics is intimately dependent upon his account of death.

The work of Levinas has, for the most part, been too easily read. Levinas’s use of words like “responsibility” and

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Richly informed by readings of Heidegger, Derrida, and Blanchot, the author argues that the notion of responsibility at the heart of Levinas's notion of ethics is intimately dependent upon his account of death.

The work of Levinas has, for the most part, been too easily read. Levinas’s use of words like “responsibility” and “God” gives some readers reason to dismiss his work as insufficiently attentive to the whispered suspicions of our times, while giving others reason to accept his work as a clarion call guiding them out of this wilderness of disorienting whispers. Richly informed by readings of Heidegger, Derrida, and Blanchot, Keenan argues that the notion of responsibility at the heart of Levinas’s notion of ethics is intimately dependent upon his account of death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791440780
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series
Pages:
123
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. The Infinite and the Evil Genius: Reading Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy

2. Skepticism and the Blinking Light of Revelation

3. The Body and the (Non)Sense in Sensibility

4. On the Genealogy of Death

5. Responsibility: Rereading "On the Genealogy of Death"

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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