Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas

Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas

by Robert Gibbs

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Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas by Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs radically revises standard interpretations of the two key figures of modern Jewish philosophy--Franz Rosenzweig, author of the monumental Star of Redemption, and Emmanuel Levinas, a major voice in contemporary intellectual life, who has inspired such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Irigaray, and Blanchot. Rosenzweig and Levinas thought in relation to different philosophical schools and wrote in disparate styles. Their personal relations to Judaism and Christianity were markedly dissimilar. To Gibbs, however, the two thinkers possess basic affinities with each other. The book offers important insights into how philosophy is continually being altered by its encounter with other traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400820825
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/03/1994
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 293
File size: 679 KB

About the Author

Robert Gibbs is Assistant Professor of Religion at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Citations
Introduction: Philosophy and Its Others 3
Two Lives 5
The Task 10
Ch. 1 Correlations, Adaptation 17
A Family Portrait 17
The Basic Influences 23
Adaptation 31
Ch. 2 The Logic of Limitation 34
Death and Philosophy 36
The Star Inside Out 40
Getting Something from Nothing 46
Conclusion: Reason and Discontinuity 54
Ch. 3 Speech as Performance (I): The Grammar of Revelation 57
Performing and Grammar 59
The Moods of Theology 67
Ch. 4 Speech as Performance (II): Logic, Reading, Questions 80
Prophetic Thinking, Fulfilling Speech 81
God Speaks with Human Language 92
The Question of Theology 100
Ch. 5 Eternity and Society (I): Sociology and History 105
Social Time 107
Place-Holders and Historical Claims 113
Ch. 6 Eternity and Society (II): Politics vs. Aesthetics 129
Form and Force (Gestalt and Gewalt) 129
Gestures of Eternity 136
Eternal Enmity 151
Ch. 7 Correlations, Translation 155
From Politics to Rhetoric 158
Translation into 'Greek' 164
Philosophical Hermeneutics 167
'Hebrew's' Demand for 'Greek' 171
Appendix: Levinas' Texts for the Colloquiums 175
Ch. 8 The Unique Other: Hermann Cohen and Emmanuel Levinas 176
Cohen's Double Discovery of the 'You' 178
Levinas' Account of the Other 181
The Other's Freedom / My Re-sponsibility 184
Companion or Stranger? 188
Ch. 9 Substitution: Marcel and Levinas 192
Performing De-centering 194
Levinas' Subtitution 204
Into My Own Voice 222
Appendix: Pre-Texts 226
Ch. 10 Marx and Levinas: Liberation in Society 229
In the Face of the Other: Levinas' Economics 230
Marx's Social Ethics 243
Revolution and the Face 250
Appendix: Levinas on Marx 252
Epilogue: Seven Rubrics for Jewish Philosophy 255
Notes 261
Select Bibliography 271
Name Index 275
Subject Index 277

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