Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation

Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation

by Leora Batnitzky
     
 

"Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas, two twentieth-century Jewish philosophers and extremely provocative thinkers whose reputations have grown considerable over the last twenty years, are rarely studied together. This is due to the disparate interests of many of their intellectual heirs." In Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas : Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation,… See more details below

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"Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas, two twentieth-century Jewish philosophers and extremely provocative thinkers whose reputations have grown considerable over the last twenty years, are rarely studied together. This is due to the disparate interests of many of their intellectual heirs." In Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas : Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation, Leora Batnitzky brings together these two seemingly incongruous contemporaries, demonstrating that they often had the same philosophical sources and their projects had many formal parallels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521679350
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/18/2007
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1Strauss and Levinas between Athens and Jerusalem3
2Levinas's defense of modern philosophy : how Strauss might respond28
3'Freedom depends upon its bondage' : the shared debt to Franz Rosenzweig57
4An irrationalist rationalism : Levinas's transformation of Hermann Cohen75
5The possibility of premodern rationalism : Strauss's transformation of Hermann Cohen94
6Against utopia : law and its limits117
7Zionism and the discovery of prophetic politics140
8Politics and hermeneutics : Strauss's and Levinas's retrieval of classical Jewish sources163
9Revelation and commandments : Strauss, Levinas, and the theologico-political predicament181
10Concluding thoughts : progress or return?204

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