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The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas

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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521141062

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  • This book provides a clear and helpful overview of the thought of Emmanuel Levinas, one of the most significant and interesting philosophers of the late twentieth century. Michael L. Morgan presents an overall interpretation of Levinas's central principle that human existence is fundamentally ethical and that its ethical character is grounded in our face-to-face relationships with other people. He explores the religious, cultural, and political implications of this insight for modern Western culture and how it relates to our conception of selfhood and what it is to be a person, our understanding of the ground of moral values, our experience of time and the meaning of history, and our experience of religious concepts and discourse. The book includes an annotated list of recommended readings and a selected bibliography of books by and about Levinas. It will be an excellent introduction to Levinas for readers unfamiliar with his work, and even for those without a background in philosophy.

    • Uses clear and accessible terms to clarify Levinas' philosophy
    • Presents an overall interpretation of his central insight and its implications
    • Discusses central themes in his philosophy and provides an annotated list of recommended additional readings
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    "Morgan has written a useful and accessible introduction to the famously obtuse philosophy of Levinas.....a needed 'service' book, one that presents a summary of Levinas's views in a readable and interesting manner." --Jewish Book World

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521141062
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Responding to atrocity in the twentieth century
    2. How to read Levinas: normativity and transcendental philosophy
    3. The ethical content of the face-to-face
    4. Philosophy, totality, and the everyday
    5. Subjectivity and the self: passivity and freedom
    6. God, philosophy, and the ground of the ethical
    7. Time, history, and messianism
    8. Greek and Hebrew
    Conclusions, puzzles, problems
    Annotated reading list and bibliography.

  • Author

    Michael L. Morgan, Indiana University
    Michael L. Morgan is Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Emeritus, at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Discovering Levinas (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Beyond Auschwitz (2002), which was a finalist in the category of Jewish Thought for the Koret Book Award. He has also edited several collections of essays and editions of Spinoza's writings and his articles have appeared in journals including the Review of Metaphysics, the Journal of Religion and the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy.

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