The Cambridge Companion to Levinas

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Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognized alongside Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre as one of the most important Continental philosophers of the twentieth century. His abiding concern was the primacy of the ethical relation to the other person and his central thesis was that ethics is first philosophy. His work has had a profound impact on a number of fields outside philosophy—such as theology, Jewish studies, literature and cultural theory, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory, international relations ...

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Overview

Emmanuel Levinas is now widely recognized alongside Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre as one of the most important Continental philosophers of the twentieth century. His abiding concern was the primacy of the ethical relation to the other person and his central thesis was that ethics is first philosophy. His work has had a profound impact on a number of fields outside philosophy—such as theology, Jewish studies, literature and cultural theory, psychotherapy, sociology, political theory, international relations theory and critical legal theory.

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"[A] quite worthwile volume." Philosophy in Review

"This is an impressive collection of articles, which will appeal to neophytes as well as to the most seasoned veterans of Levinas." - Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College

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Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Essex, Directeur de Programme at the College International de Philosophie and Humboldt Fellow at the University of Frankfurt.

Robert Bernasconi is Professor of Philosophy, Moss Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis.

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Table of Contents

Emmanuel Levinas: a disparate inventory Simon Critchley; 1. Introduction Simon Critchley; 2. Levinas and Judaism Hilary Putnam; 3. Levinas and the face of the other Bernhard Waldenfels; 4. Levinas's critique of Husserl Rudolf Bernet; 5. Levinas and the Talmud Catherine Chalier; 6. Levinas and language John Llewelyn; 7. Levinas, feminism and the feminine Stella Sandford; 8. Sincerity and the end of theodicy: three remarks on Levinas and Kant Paul Davies; 9. Language and alterity in the thought of Levinas Edith Wyschograd; 10. The concepts of art and poetry in Emmanuel Levinas's writings Gerald Bruns; 11. What is the question to which 'substitution' is the answer? Robert Bernasconi; 12. Evil and the temptation of theodicy Richard J. Bernstein.

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