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Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Philosophy

Man as a Place of God

Levinas' Hermeneutics of Kenosis

Authors: Riessen, Renée D.N. van

  • Offers an interpretation of Levinas’s philosophy of religion from the perspective of kenosis
  • Relates Levinas’s anthropology to his philosophy of religion
  • Compares Levinas’s hermeneutics of the self with that of Heidegger and Rorty
  • Discusses Levinas’s idea of the infinite by forging a dialogue with Derrida, Vattimo and Ricoeu
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Man as a Place of God is an examination of Levinas’ philosophy of religion in the light of his ethics and anthropology. It provides a lively introduction to the main themes of Levinas’ thought and offers critical perspectives on Levinas by relating his work to that of Heidegger, Ricoeur, Rorty, Derrida and Vattimo.

The focus of interpretation is the hermeneutics of ‘kenosis’: the subject’s ability to be open towards the other to the point where man can be seen as a place of ‘God’, a place where the infinite attains to finite existence. Does this mean that the kenotic subject totally disappears from the arena of his own life, to reach out for a sublime existence that is no longer of ‘this world’ – as in the philosophy of Plato, Plotinus and certain mystical thinkers? This book will argue the reverse: the kenotic sublimity developed by Levinas is in keeping with ethics, and even with concrete acts of responsibility. Also, it refers to a certain idea of God, who comes into being in a ‘kenotic’ way: by giving himself in the ethical experience of man and woman, regardless of their culture and religious beliefs.

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From the reviews: “We are now in the second generation of Levinas studies, and this volume properly presumes a familiarity with both the Levinas corpus and a fair number of first generation studies. The author is a professor at the Protestant Theological University in Kampen, The Netherlands; and her book bestrides philosophy and theology much in the way Levinas’s own works do. … Renée van Riessen has presented this theme clearly and persuasively in a welcome contribution to Levinas studies.” (Andrew Tallon, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 83 (4), 2009)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Time, Finiteness and Infinity: The Real Theme of Levinas' Conversation with Heidegger

    Pages 17-51

  • Interpreting Ourselves and Caring for Others: Levinas and Rorty

    Pages 53-73

  • The Other of the Other: Levinas and Derrida on Generosity and Transcendence

    Pages 75-98

  • Evil, Transcendence, and God

    Pages 101-130

  • From Religion to Ethics: The Disruption of the Infinite

    Pages 131-172

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eBook $159.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Man as a Place of God
Book Subtitle
Levinas' Hermeneutics of Kenosis
Authors
Series Title
Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Philosophy
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6228-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6228-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6227-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7575-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 217
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