Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine: The Silent Footsteps of Rebecca

Levinas, Judaism, and the Feminine: The Silent Footsteps of Rebecca

by Claire Elise Katz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253216249

ISBN-13: 9780253216243

Pub. Date: 09/15/2003

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Challenging previous interpretations of Levinas that gloss over his use of the feminine or show how he overlooks questions raised by feminists, Claire Elise Katz explores the powerful and productive links between the feminine and religion in Levinas's work. Rather than viewing the feminine as a metaphor with no significance for women or as a means to reinforce

Overview

Challenging previous interpretations of Levinas that gloss over his use of the feminine or show how he overlooks questions raised by feminists, Claire Elise Katz explores the powerful and productive links between the feminine and religion in Levinas's work. Rather than viewing the feminine as a metaphor with no significance for women or as a means to reinforce traditional stereotypes, Katz goes beyond questions of sexual difference to reach a more profound understanding of the role of the feminine in Levinas's conception of ethical responsibility. She combines feminist interpretations of Levinas with interpretations that focus on his Jewish writings to reveal that the feminine provides an important bridge between his philosophy and his Judaism. Katz's reading of Levinas's conception of the feminine against the backdrop of discussions of women of the Hebrew bible point to important shifts in contemporary philosophy toward the creation of life and care for the other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253216243
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Series:
Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
List of Abbreviationsxv
Introduction1
1.Judaism and the Ethical: Recovering the Other8
2.The Time of Creation22
3.The Inauguration of Sexual Difference35
4.The Hospitality of the Feminine55
5.Eros, Sexual Difference, and the Question of Ethics66
6.Ruth; or, Love and the Ethics of Fecundity78
7.Cain and the Responsibility of Choice97
8.Abraham and the Tempering of Virility108
9.Maternity, Sacrifice, and Sarah's Choice126
10.The Silent Footsteps of Rebecca139
Notes157
Works By Emmanuel Levinas183
General Bibliography187
Index193

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