Saintly Influence: Edith Wyschogrod and the Possibilities of Philosophy of Religion

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Fordham Univ Press, 2009 - Philosophy - 323 pages
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Since the publication of her first book, Emmanuel Levinas: The Problem of Ethical Metaphysics, in 1974-the first book about Levinas published in English-Edith Wyschogrod has been at the forefront of the fields of Continental philosophy and philosophy of religion. Her work has crossed many disciplinary boundaries, making peregrinations from phenomenology and moral philosophy to historiography, the history of religions (both Western and non-Western), aesthetics, and the philosophy of biology. In all of these discourses, she has sought to cultivate an awareness of how the self is situated and influenced, as well as the ways in which a self can influence others.

In this volume, twelve scholars examine and display the influence of Wyschogrod's work in essays that take up the thematics of influence in a variety of contexts: Christian theology, the saintly behavior of the villagers of Le Chambon sur Lignon, the texts of the medieval Jewish mystic Abraham Abulafia, the philosophies of Levinas, Derrida, and Benjamin, the practice of intellectual history, the cultural memory of the New Testament, and pedagogy.

In response, Wyschogrod shows how her interlocutors have brought to light her multiple authorial personae and have thus marked the ambiguity of selfhood, its position at the nexus of being influenced by and influencing others.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Uncertainty Principle
16
PART I THE ETHICAL AND TRANSCENDENCE
29
PART II PRACTICES OF INFLUENCE
95
PART III CHANNELING HISTORY
159
PART IV RESPONSE
239
Notes
261
Contributors
311
Index
317
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ERIC BOYNTON is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Allegheny College.

MARTIN KAVKA is Associate Professor of Religion at Florida State University. He is the author of Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy.

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