The Cambridge Introduction to Emmanuel Levinas

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 14, 2011 - Religion
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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' central principle that human existence is fundamentally ethical and that its ethical character is grounded in our face-to-face relationships. 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. Includes an annotated list of recommended readings and a selected bibliography of books by and about Levinas. An excellent introduction to Levinas for readers unfamiliar with his work and even for those without a background in philosophy.
 

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Contents

responding to atrocity in the Twentieth Century
16
normativity and Transcendental
36
The ethical Content of the FacetoFace
59
Philosophy Totality and the everyday
85
Passivity and Freedom
114
god Philosophy and the ground of the ethical
136
Time history and messianism
161
religion ethics and Judaism
183
Conclusions Puzzles Problems
237
Recommended Readings
247
Index
253
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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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