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Coverage focuses on the many interactions between Levinas’s philosophical writings and his Jewish ones, many other studies separate the two
Examines the relationship between Levinas’s ethics and his politics, a field that evokes a growing interest in academic circles as well as in the larger audience
Presents papers written by world renowned Levinas scholars as well as by young promising ones
Deals with issues that remain largely uncharted in the field of Levinas’s studies: aesthetics, Eros and the Feminine
A disciple of Husserl and Heidegger, a contemporary of Sartre and Merleau-Ponty, Levinas entirely renewed the way of thinking ethics in our times. In contrast to the whole tradition of Western philosophy, he considered ethics neither as an aspiration to individual perfection, nor as the highest branch in the Cartesian tree of knowledge, but as "first philosophy." He initiated a new understanding of time, freedom
This book is a collection of papers given at the International Conference "Levinas in Jerusalem" held at the Hebrew University in May 2002. It gives an overview of the most fecund areas of research in Levinas scholarship and brings together historians of philosophy, phenomenologists, specialists in Jewish thought and Talmud, as well as in politics and aesthetics. Coverage relates to Levinas’s work as a whole and focuses on the many interactions between Levinas’s philosophical writings and his Jewish-Talmudic ones. The authors, world renowned scholars and young promising ones, investigate Levinas’s relationship to Bergson, Husserl and Heidegger; his conception of Justice and the State; and his view of Aesthetics, Eros a
Part One: Phenomenology. Simon Critchley: Leaving the Climate of Heidegger’s Thinking - Jacques Taminiaux: The Presence of Being and Time in Totality and Infinity - Jean-Michel Salanskis: The Theoretical to the Rescue of Levinas. Part Two: Ethics, Politics and Justice. Annette Aronowicz: Judaism, the Jewish People and the State. A Reading of Emmanuel Levinas’s Talmudic Commentary 'Judaism and Revolution' - Pascal Delhom: Necessity and Legitimacy of the State - François Coppens: Political Reason and Prophetism: How is the Other Ordered to Me? - Joëlle Hansel: Levinas and Bergson on Justice and Infinity - Peter Atterton: In Defense of Violence: Levinas and the Problem of Justice. Part Three: Eros and the Feminine. Francesca Albertini: The Language of the Meeting with the Other and the Phenomenology of Eros. Traces of Aesthetic Thinking in the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas - Hanoch Ben Pazi: Teaching as an Internalization of Feminine Aspects.