Entre Nous: Thinking-of-the-Other (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

Entre Nous: Thinking-of-the-Other (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)



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Entre Nous: Thinking-of-the-Other (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism) by Emmanuel Levinas

Emmanuel Levinas is one of the most important figures of twentieth-century philosophy. Exerting a profound influence upon such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, and Irigaray, Levinas's work bridges several major gaps in the evolution of continental philosophy -between modern and postmodern, phenomenology and poststructuralism, ethics and ontology. He is credited with having spurred a revitalized interest in ethics-based philosophy throughout Europe and America.
Entre Nous (Between Us) is the culmination of Levinas's philosophy. Published in France a few years before his death, it gathers his most important work and reveals the development of his thought over nearly forty years of committed inquiry. Along with several trenchant interviews published here, these essays engage with issues of suffering, love, religion, culture, justice, human rights, and legal theory. Taken together, they constitute a key to Levinas's ideas on the ethical dimensions of otherness.
Working from the phenomenological method of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, Levinas pushed beyond the limits of their framework to argue that it is ethics, not ontology, that orients philosophy, and that responsibility precedes reasoning. Ethics for Levinas means responsibility in relation to difference. Throughout his work, Levinas returns to the metaphor of the face of the other to discuss how and where responsibility enters our lives and makes philosophy necessary. For Levinas, ethics begins with our face to face interaction with another person -seeing that person not as a reflection of one's self, nor as a threat, but as different and greater than self. Levinas moves the reader to recognize the implications of this interaction: our abiding responsibility for the other, and our concern with the other's suffering and death.
Situated at the crossroads of several philosophical schools and approaches, Levinas's work illuminates a host of critical issues and has found resonances among students and scholars of literature, law, religion, and politics. Entre Nous is at once the apotheosis of his work and an accessible introduction to it. In the end, Levinas's urgent meditations upon the face of the other suggest a new foundation upon which to grasp the nature of good and evil in the tangled skein of our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231079105
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Acknowledgments IX(2)
Author's Preface XI
ONE Is Ontology Fundamental?
TWO The I and the Totality
THREE Levy-Bruhl and Contemporary Philosophy
FOUR A Man-God?
FIVE A New Rationality: On Gabriel Marcel
SIX Hermeneutics and the Beyond
SEVEN Philosophy and Awakening
EIGHT Useless Suffering
NINE Philosophy, Justice, and Love
TEN Nonintentional Consciousness
ELEVEN From the One to the Other: Transcendence and Time
TWELVE The Rights of Man and Good Will
THIRTEEN Diachrony and Representation
FOURTEEN The Philosophical Determination of the Idea of Culture
FIFTEEN Uniqueness
SIXTEEN Totality and Infinity. Preface to the German Edition
SEVENTEEN Dialogue on Thinking-of-the-Other
EIGHTEEN "Dying for..."
NINETEEN The Idea of the Infinite in Us
TWENTY The Other, Utopia, and Justice
Notes 235(16)
Index 251

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Arnold I. Davidson

A superb introduction to his work. . . . This collection of essays on religion, politics, and the primacy of ethics. . . . allows us to see the scope and significance of one of the defining thinkers of our time. -- The University of Chicago

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