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Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1995)

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Emmanuel Levinas was born in Kovno, Lithuania, to an Orthodox Jewish family. Hebrew was the first language that he learned to read; he also acquired a love of the Russian classics, particularly works by Pushkin and Tolstoy which first stirred his philosophical interests. Levinas studied in näytä lisää Strasbourg, Freiburg, and Paris, developing a particular interest in the philosophers Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger. He became a French citizen and eventually a prisoner during World War II, at which time his entire family was exterminated. After the war, Levinas taught at Poitiers, Nanterre, and eventually became professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1973. He has also been deeply involved in the problems of Western Jews, including active membership in the Alliance Israelite Universelle, an organization established in 1860 to promote Jewish emancipation. The experience of the ravages of totalitarianism during World War II convinced Levinas that only a rediscovery of the specificity of Judaism could deliver the modern world from itself. Levinas's central concern is with "the other"---not the self or the cosmos, but the faces of other persons who make a claim on us and provide traces of the working of an infinite other. Totality and Infinity (1961) is a central but very difficult text. In it Levinas argues that Western philosophy has been captured by a notion of totality from which nothing is distant, exterior, or other and that, thus, when persons who are different confront such totalistic ways of living and thinking, they go to war. Moving beyond totality and war requires a notion of transcendence or infinity, which can bring peace. In fact, religion is, according to Levinas, "the bond that is established between the same and the other without constituting a totality." Levinas maintains that "the existence of God is not a question of an individual soul's uttering logical syllogisms. It cannot be proved. The existence of God . . . is sacred history itself, the sacredness of man's relation to man through which God may pass. God's existence is the story of his revelation in biblical history." Levinas has said that the most common objection to his thought is that it is utopian, for people are always asking, "Where did you ever see the ethical relation [with the other] practiced?" But Levinas is convinced that, although concern for the other is "always other than the "ways of the world,"' there are "many examples of it in the world." This is the reason that his writings on Judaism, such as Difficult Freedom (1963) and Nine Talmudic Essays (1968), are at least as important as his philosophical texts. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

God, Death, and Time (1992) 172 kappaletta
Entre Nous (1991) 171 kappaletta
The Levinas Reader (1989) 152 kappaletta
Nine Talmudic Readings (1968) 134 kappaletta
Humanism of the Other (1980) 126 kappaletta
Time and the Other (1987) 117 kappaletta
Of God Who Comes to Mind (1982) 97 kappaletta
Existence and Existents (1947) 97 kappaletta
Alterity and Transcendence (1983) 89 kappaletta
Outside the Subject (1991) 86 kappaletta
Le temps et l'autre (1983) 83 kappaletta
On Escape: De l'evasion (1998) 66 kappaletta
Proper Names (1988) 64 kappaletta
In the Time of the Nations (1900) 61 kappaletta
Collected Philosophical Papers (1987) 52 kappaletta
Het menselijk gelaat (1978) 38 kappaletta
Quatre lectures talmudiques (1968) 36 kappaletta
New Talmudic Readings (1996) 25 kappaletta
Les imprévus de l'histoire (1999) 21 kappaletta
De plaatsvervanging (1977) 13 kappaletta
God en de filosofie (1990) 10 kappaletta
Sur Maurice Blanchot (1975) 9 kappaletta
Over de ontsnapping (2005) 5 kappaletta
Violência do rosto (2010) 3 kappaletta
What Would Eurydice Say? . (1987) 3 kappaletta
L'intrigue de l'infini (1993) 3 kappaletta
Fænomenologi og etik (2002) 2 kappaletta
L'epifania del volto (2010) 2 kappaletta
Nombres Propios (2008) 2 kappaletta
ETIKA DHE PAFUNDESIA 2 kappaletta
Escritos Ineditos (I) (2013) 2 kappaletta
Martin Buber (2014) 1 kappale
Le Temps Et L'autre (1992) 1 kappale
Nuove letture talmudiche (2013) 1 kappale
Ethik als Erste Philosophie (2022) 1 kappale
Da Evasão 1 kappale
Nomi propri (2000) 1 kappale
Etika a nekonečno (2009) 1 kappale
Maurice Blanchot Ustune (2012) 1 kappale
Kierkegaard (2013) 1 kappale
Istniejący i istnienie (2023) 1 kappale
O uciekaniu (2007) 1 kappale
Laikas ir Kitas (2017) 1 kappale
Emmanuel Levinas 1 kappale
Signature 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Phenomenology Reader (2002) — Avustaja — 95 kappaletta
Levinas and Biblical Studies (2003) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
Suerte (1996) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset6 kappaletta

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A quick and dirty intro to various Levinasian concepts extolled by the man himself. I very much enjoy Levinas' penchant for non-thematizable sections of our existence. I'm still not sure how to feel about him as a literary figure. When libraries open again, I'll make sure to check out one of his more substantial works. Existence and Existants seems the most interesting to me right now. If I ever end up reading more of the Bible, I'll definitely try and get my hands on one of his commentaries. He's definitely someone I'd trust with a task like that.… (lisätietoja)
 
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