Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics / Edition 2

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Edith Wyschogrod presents the first full-length study in English of the important contemporary French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. It is a revision of the author's earlier study and includes discussions of his recent writings as well as current scholarship. Dr. Wyschogrod's extensive discussion of Levinas's relation to Judaism, especially his use of literature from the Torah and other religious writings, will be of interest to religious scholars. The author compares Levinas's thought with that of his contemporaries, most notably Jacques Derrida.
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This volume presents an overview of Levinas' philosophy including discussions of his most recent writings and paying particular attention to his interest in Judaism and his use of literature from the Torah and other religious writings. In addition, Wyschogrod (philosophy, Rice U.) examines his writings in relation to philosophers such as Derrida and Husserl, explores his ethical metaphysics, and analyzes his alternative view of language. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823219490
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Wyschogrod is J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought emerita at Rice University. The most recent of her books are An Ethics of Remembering: History, Heterology, and the Nameless Others; Saints and Postmodernism: Revisioning Moral Philosophy; and a second edition of Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics (Fordham).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Abbreviations of Works by Levinas
I Early Themes 1
Being and Beginning 2
Indolence and Fatigue 4
Being-in-General: The il y a 7
Dasein and Hypostasis 10
Need, Desire, and the World 18
II Husserl and the Problem of Ontology 28
Phenomenological Method and Ontology 29
Naturalistic Ontology and Psychologism 31
The Problem of Intentionality 34
The Meaning of Essences 40
The Phenomenological Reduction 45
Intentionality as Movement 46
The Break with Husserl 48
III From Self to Same 56
The Self as Life 57
Human Corporeity and Need 64
Life and the Elemental 67
Habitation 71
Art and the Elemental 76
IV The Foundation of Ethical Metaphysics 84
What Separated Being Means 85
Totality and Exteriority 88
The Face and the Problem of Appearance 90
The Break with Ontology 93
The Idea of the Infinite 97
Metaphysics and Justice 102
V Beyond Temporality 113
Violence and Time 114
Being-toward-Death 119
The Phenomenology of Love 126
The Phenomenon of Transcendence 132
Fecundity 133
Temporality and Infinity 136
VI What Is Language? 141
Language and Discourse 142
An Alternative View of Language 153
The Trace 158
Responsibility 164
VII Philosophy and the Covenant 176
What Judaism Means 176
Historical Method and Traditional Texts 185
The Phenomenon of Atonement 188
Jewish Messianism: The Break with Totality 194
The Temptation of Modernity 208
The Meaning of Society 214
VIII Conclusion 222
The Objectivity of Values 222
Morality and Metaphysics 228
Language 234
The Idea of the Infinite 236
Key to Special Terminology 243
Works Cited 247
Index 253
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