Appositions of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas

Appositions of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas

by John Llewelyn


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This is a book of scintillating intelligence, a book whose range of references, whose extraordinary ethical sensibility and linguistic creativity, set a standard for philosophy that few if any contemporary thinkers other than Derrida and Levinas themselves can match.... On every page, there is Llewelean sparkle." —David Wood

If not simple opposition or simple juxtaposition, what is the relation between the writings to which Derrida and Levinas appose their signatures? What would each endorse in the writings of the other? What is it to sign and endorse? How does one assume responsibility, and how does one avoid assuming it? These are some of the probing questions that the prominent Continental philosopher John Llewelyn takes up in Appositions, which brings together and synthesizes 15 essays written during the past 20 years. This book by a powerfully original thinker and first-rate interpreter is essential reading for all those interested in the writings of Derrida and Levinas and in the ways in which their thinking intersects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253214935
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

John Llewelyn has been Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and the Arthur J. Schmitt Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. Among his publications are Beyond
Metaphysics? The Hermeneutic Circle in Contemporary Continental Philosophy; Derrida on the Threshold of Sense; The Middle Voice of Ecological Conscience; Emmanuel Levinas: The Genealogy of Ethics; and The HypoCritical Imagination: Between Kant and Levinas.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:


Introduction: Levinas, Derrida and Others vis-a-vis
Ethical metaphysics
Facial expression
Paradoxical proximity
The back of beyond

ONE: Responsibility with Indecidability
Use and mention
Types and performances
The paradox of quasi-analysis
Sursum corda
Before the question

TWO: Derrida, Mallarme and Anatole
First affirmation
Last testament
Limited incorporation

THREE: The Origin and End of Philosophy
Solid sense
Prote philosophia

FOUR: In the Name of Philosophy
In the name of God
Two first philosophies. Levinas and Jankelevitch
The love of wisdom and the wisdom of love

FIVE: What is Orientation in Thinking? Facing the Facts
Reason and sentiment
Salvage and salvation
The delimitation of reason alone

SIX: Amen
God's yessence
The extraordinary word

SEVEN: The Impossibility of Levinas's Death
Being dead
Why me?
Peace and quiet
The sting
Dust and ashes

EIGHT: The Possibility of Heidegger's Death
Classical modalities
The ontological difference
I die therefore I am

NINE: sELection

TEN: Jewgreek or Greekjew
Writing with both hands
Violence and violence

ELEVEN: At this Very Moment.... A Repetition that is not One
Open opus
Other passages
Open questions

TWELVE: Levinas and Language
Linguistic possessions
Nouns, Verbs and Verbal Nouns
Pronouns and Pronunciation
Saying, Said and Silence
The Language of Levinas's Philosophy of Language

THIRTEEN: Thresholds
What goes on between the affect and the seing?
What is the absolute difference?
What is transgression?

FOURTEEN: Semioethics
The divine nature of language

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