Discovering Levinas

Discovering Levinas

by Michael L. Morgan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521759684

ISBN-13: 9780521759687

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Emmanuel Levinas is well known to students of twentieth-century continental philosophy, especially French philosophy. But he is largely unknown within the circles of Anglo- American philosophy. In Discovering Levinas, Michael L. Morgan shows how this thinker faces in novel and provocative ways central philosophical problems of twentieth-century philosophy and

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Emmanuel Levinas is well known to students of twentieth-century continental philosophy, especially French philosophy. But he is largely unknown within the circles of Anglo- American philosophy. In Discovering Levinas, Michael L. Morgan shows how this thinker faces in novel and provocative ways central philosophical problems of twentieth-century philosophy and religious thought. He tackles this task by placing Levinas in conversation with philosophers such as Donald Davidson, Stanley Cavell, John McDowell, Onora O'Neill, Charles Taylor, and Cora Diamond. He also seeks to understand Levinas within philosophical, religious, and political developments in the history of twentieth-century intellectual culture. Morgan demystifies Levinas by examining his unfamiliar and surprising vocabulary, interpreting texts with an eye to clarity, and arguing that Levinas can be understood as a philosopher of the everyday. Morgan also shows that Levinas's ethics is not morally and politically irrelevant nor is it excessively narrow and demanding in unacceptable ways. Neither glib dismissal nor fawning acceptance, this book provides a sympathetic reading that can form a foundation for a responsible critique.

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ISBN-13:
9780521759687
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xix
Auschwitz, Politics, and the Twentieth Century     1
Levinas on Grossman's Life and Fate     1
Auschwitz and Levinas's Thought     13
Political Reflections     20
Zionism, Politics, and Messianism     28
Responsibility and Forgiveness     32
Phenomenology and Transcendental Philosophy     39
A Preliminary Sketch     39
Interpreting Levinas's Approach     44
Transcendental Philosophy     50
An Objection     56
The Ethical Content of the Face-to-Face     61
The Social, the Face, and the Ethical     62
The Call of the Face     68
The Face-to-Face and Acknowledgment     71
Later Thoughts on Ethics and the Face     80
Philosophy, Totality, and the Everyday     85
Philosophy and the Everyday     85
Totality and the Infinite     88
Ethics Beyond Totality     94
Levinas and Rosenzweig     100
Totality, Infinity, and Beyond     104
Meaning, Culture, and Language     115
Meaning, Relativism, and the Ethical     115
Meaning and Language     124
Ethics and Communication: The Saying and the Said     138
Subjectivity and the Self     143
Modernity and the Self     144
The Early Stage     149
Responsibility and Passivity     155
The Self and Contemporary Philosophy     160
Levinas and Davidson     163
Levinas and McDowell     167
Levinas and Taylor     169
God and Philosophy     174
God and the Philosophical Tradition     175
Early Works     177
Later Stage: The Trace and Illeity     183
Philosophy, God, and Theology     198
God, Ethics, and Contemporary Philosophy     203
Time, Messianism, and Diachrony     208
Thinking about Time     208
Early Reflections on Time     210
Rosenzweig and Levinas on Eschatology     213
Diachrony and Responsibility     219
Ethical Realism and Contemporary Moral Philosophy     228
Ethics and the Everyday     228
O'Neill's Ethics and Practical Reason     236
Levinas and O'Neill     242
McDowell's Naturalism of Second Nature     247
Korsgaard and the Perception of Reasons      254
Levinas's Universalism and Pluralism     259
Taylor's Ethical Pluralism     263
What Kind of Moral Thinker Is Levinas?     268
Cavell's Emersonian Perfectionism     273
Is Levinas a Moral Perfectionist?     277
Levinas on Ethics and Politics     283
Levinas's Single-Mindedness     289
Beyond Language and Expressibility     300
Levinas's Language     301
Levinas and Skepticism: Time and Absolute Diachrony     305
Skepticism in Otherwise Than Being     310
Two Interpretations of Levinas and Skepticism     313
Derrida's Challenge     320
Contemporary Philosophy and the Limits of Thought and Language     323
Frege, Wittgenstein, and Nonsense     328
Ethics and the Limits of Language     332
Judaism, Ethics, and Religion     336
Athens and Jerusalem     338
An Austere Humanism     340
Ethics and Prayer     347
The Holocaust and the End of Theodicy     353
Responding to Suffering     366
Revelation in Judaism     370
Ritual and the Law     376
Ethics and Education     379
Reading Jewish Texts      384
Translating the Bible and the Talmud     387
Interpreting Levinas on Interpretation     390
Eschatology, Ethics, and Politics     395
Levinas's Zionism     401
Ethical Messianism     412
Conclusion: Levinas and the Primacy of the Ethical - Kant, Kierkegaard, and Derrida     415
Facing Reasons     421
The Face as a Reason to Act     421
Nagel on Agent-Neutral Reasons     424
Korsgaard's Critique of Nagel     434
Darwall and Intersubjective Value     446
Placing Levinas     448
Levinas and Contemporary Ethics     451
Some Concrete Cases     456
Conclusion     464
Bibliography     467
Index     477

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