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Emmanuel Levinas
     

Emmanuel Levinas

by Sean Hand
 

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ISBN-10: 0415402751

ISBN-13: 9780415402750

Pub. Date: 11/16/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Best known for his theories of ethics and responsibility, Emmanuel Levinas was one of the most profound and influential thinkers of the last century. In this clear, accessible guide, Seán Hand examines why Levinas is increasingly fundamental to the study of literature and culture today. Exploring the intellectual and social contexts of his work and the

Overview

Best known for his theories of ethics and responsibility, Emmanuel Levinas was one of the most profound and influential thinkers of the last century. In this clear, accessible guide, Seán Hand examines why Levinas is increasingly fundamental to the study of literature and culture today. Exploring the intellectual and social contexts of his work and the events that shaped it, Hand considers:


    • the influence of phenomenology and Judaism on Levinas’s thought
    • key concepts such as the ‘face’, the ‘other’, ethical consciousness and responsibility
    • Levinas’s work on aesthetics
    • the relationship of philosophy and religion in his writings
    • the interaction of his work with historical discussions
    • his often complex relationships with other theorists and theories

Emmanuel Levinas’s unique contribution to theory set an exemplary standard for all subsequent thought. This outstanding guide to his work will prove invaluable to scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines - from philosophy and literary criticism through to international relations and the creative arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415402750
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/16/2008
Series:
Routledge Critical Thinkers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Why Levinas? Key Ideas 1. Biography 2. Phenomenology and Judaism 3. Totality and Infinity 4. Otherwise than Being 5. Aesthetics 6. Talmudic Readings 7. Difficult Freedom: Politics and Ethics After Levinas Works Cited Bibliography

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