The Metaphysics of Love: Gender and Transcendence in Levinas

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A&C Black, 2000 - Philosophy - 179 pages
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Emmanuel Levinas is best known for having reintroduced the question of ethics into the Continental philosophical tradition. In The Metaphysics of Love, however, Stella Sandford argues that an over-emphasis on ethics in the reception of Levinas's thought has covered over both the basis and the details of his philosophical project a metaphysics which affirms the necessity to think of an unqualified transcendence as a first principle. Sandford's book is at the same time a powerful feminist critique of both Levinas's gendered philosophical categories and the attempt to reclaim aspects of this philosophy for feminist theory.
  

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Contents

The Metaphysics of Transcendence
7
Sexual Difference and
33
Sons and Brothers
64
A Maternal Alternative? Levinas and Plato on Love
82
the Intelligibility
110
Metaphysics and Feminism
129
Notes
141
Bibliography
167
Index 111
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Die Zeit und der Andere
Emmanuel Levinas
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Stella Sandford is at Middlesex University, UK.

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