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Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy

Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy
Interpretation after Levinas


  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521801584

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  • The reputation and influence of Emmanuel Levinas (1906–96) has grown powerfully. Well known in France in his lifetime, he has since his death become widely regarded as a major European moral philosopher profoundly shaped by his Jewish background. A pupil of Husserl and Heidegger, Levinas pioneered new forms of exegesis with his post-modern readings of the Talmud, and as an ethicist brought together religious and non-religious, Jewish and non-Jewish traditions of contemporary thought. Richard A. Cohen has written a book which uses Levinas' work as its base but goes on to explore broader questions of interpretation in the context of text-based ethical thinking. Levinas' reorientation of philosophy is considered in critical contrast to alternative contemporary approaches such as those found in modern science, psychology, Nietzsche, Freud, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida and Ricoeur. Cohen explores a manner of philosophizing which he terms 'ethical exegesis'.

    • Clarity in presenting otherwise difficult contemporary intellectual topics and debates
    • Mastery of the ethical thought of Emmanuel Levinas
    • Ethically engaged and committed thinking, rather than indifferent, detached scholarship
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    '… the collection stands as, and can indeed be recommended as, a state-of-the-art reader in the interpretation and criticism of one of the foremost moral philosophers in the Continental tradition.' The Heythrop Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521801584
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: philosophy as ethical exegesis
    Part I. Exceeding Phenomenology:
    1. Bergson and the emergence of an ecological age
    2. Science: phenomenology, intuition and philosophy
    3. The good work of Edmund Husserl
    4. Better than a questionable Heidegger
    Part II. Good and Evil:
    5. Alterity and alteration: development of an opus
    6. Maternal body/maternal psyche: contra psychoanalytic philosophy
    7. Humanism and the rights of exegesis
    8. What good is the Holocaust? On suffering and evil
    9. Ricoeur and the lure of self-esteem
    10. In conclusion

  • Author

    Richard A. Cohen, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

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