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Levinas: An Introduction

Levinas: An Introduction

by Colin Davis Jr.
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In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the work of Emmanuel Levinas, widely recognized as one of the most important yet difficult philosophers of the twentieth century. In this much-needed introduction, Davis unpacks the concepts at the center of Levinas's thought-alterity, the Other, the face, infinity-concepts which have previously presented readers with major problems of interpretation. Davis traces the development of Levinas's thought over six decades, describing the context in which he worked, and the impact of his writings. He argues that Levinas' work remains tied to the ontological tradition with which he wants to break, and demonstrates how his later writing tries to overcome this dependency by its increasingly disruptive, sometimes opaque, textual practice. He discusses Levinas’s theological writings and his relationship to Judiasm, as well as the reception of his work by contemporary thinkers, arguing that the influence of his work has led to a growing interest in ethical issues among poststructuralist and postmodernist thinkers in recent years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268013141
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 01/15/1997
Edition description: 1
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Colin Davis is Fellow and tutor in French at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi(1)
Abbreviations vii
Introduction 1(6)
1 Phenomenology
2 Same and Other: Totality and Infinity
3 Ethical Language: Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence
4 Religion
5 Levinas and his Readers
Conclusion 142(3)
Notes 145(13)
Bibliography 158(7)
Index 165

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