This anthology, including levinass key philosophical texts over a period of more than forty years, provides an ideal introduction to his thought and offers insights into his most innovative ideas. Face to face with levinas makes available to american readers the best of recent thought on emmanuel levinas. Emmanuel levinas, a major voice in twentieth century philosophical thought, died in late 1995. The introspective analysis levinas unfolds as ontological, rather than psychological, structures otherwise than being, or beyond essence 1998 1974.
Abstract using the work of 20 th century french philosopher emmanuel levinas, the following article examines the theoretical basis for the clinical concepts of empathy, attunement, and responsiveness. Talk about god cannot remain the same across history, as though concepts were eternal carriers of the same meaning. It begins with the analysis of his general concept of religion, which emphasizes, among other things, the relation between god and the human being without totalization and sociality. Otherwise than being or beyond essence is a sequel to levinass totality and infinity. Emmanuel levinas stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. Levinas s ethical relation is between the self and the other which encounter each other in a relation he calls the facetoface. Indeed, levinas writings take the ethical encounter with other personsrather than abstract questions about knowledge or meaningas the point of departure for all philosophical work. The levinas reader emmanuel levinas, sean hand download. Rudolf bernet urges that otherwise than being carries levinas engagement with the hermeneutics of sensibility and therewith, the critique of phenomenological account of time to its fullest expression. In this book, i would like to show how the philosophy of emmanuel levinas can be. Culture, ethics and politics, emmanuel levinas, 1930, 1946, 1947, 1963, 1984. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books youve read. In 1915 the jews of kovno were expelled and levinas attended public high school in karkhov, ukraine.
In humanism of the other, emmanuel levinas argues that it is not only possible but of the highest exigency to understand ones humanity through the humanity of others. Otherwise than being is essentially the sequel to totality and infinity, further elaborating the rich and comprehensive philosophy of ethical metaphysics that levinas had introduced in the earlier work. For emmanuel levinas, the stranger is one of the most visible faces of. In paperback for the first time, levinas s work here is based in a new appreciation for ethics and takes new distances from phenomenology, idealism, and skepticism to. Claire katz argues that levinas exactly overturns the modern subject, especially in. Reflections on the philosophy of hitlerism a 1934 essay. In the aftermath of the failure of modern science to ground itself. Alterity and asymmetry in levinass ethical phenomenology. Through such works as totality and infinity and otherwise than being, he has exerted a profound influence on twentiethcentury continental philosophy, providing inspiration for derrida, lyotard, blanchot and irigaray. Emmanuel levinas 19061995 was born in kovno now kaunas, lithuania to a family rich in jewish cultural traditions. Otherwise than being the problem of god and the ethical relation are said to be one and the same.
Otherwise than being, or beyond essence, first published in 1974, is the second of levinass mature philosophical works, the first being totality and infinity first published in 1961. In 1972, so two years before the publication of otherwise than being, levinas expresses similar ideas in an article titled meaning and sense. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Levinas says that ontology enacts a relation with being which reduces the other to the same. Homosexuality and the discourse of tolerance suzanne holland as an ethicist who was trained in the discourse of rights, and as a lesbian woman whose life experience has sometimes included the denial of various rights that most of us daily take for granted, i became.
A list of works, translated into english but not appearing in any collections, may be found in critchley, s. Rhetorics other levinas, listening, and the ethical response jstor. In i963 a first collection of lectures on the talmud appeared. Otherwise than being or beyond essence is a sequel to levinas s totality and infinity. The title and the content of otherwise than being or beyond essence alert us to the priority levinas gives to his ongoing contestation of heideggerian thinking. Subjectivity, levinas argued, is primordially ethical, not theoretical. This false freedom and ignorance of the body creates a distance between people and the world of philosophy and ideas, which being less free than they claim to be seem insincere and inauthentic. Or beyond essence new edition emmanuel levinas, richard a. Otherwise than being, or, beyond essence by emmanuel levinas.
Emmanuel levinasethics and infinity flashcards quizlet. After studying under edmund husserl and martin heidegger in the late 1920s, levinas went on to develop a philosophical system that placed ethics at its center. Then it brings forth the religious character of levinass ethics that was discussed in the previous chapters. Emmanuel levinas quotes author of totality and infinity. Buddhisms goal is the otherwise than being, the cessation of the desire to and the need to be reborn. Levinas theoretical move from anarchical ethics to the. This idea appears in his of recurrence chapter 4 in otherwise than being, in which levinas maintains that subjectivity is formed in and through our subjection to the other. Levinas and the philosophy of religion indiana university press. Emmanuel levinas 19051995 intellectual project was to develop a first philosophy. His writings have influenced several generations of french philosophers, including jacques. The levinas reader is the most comprehensive introduction to levinas s work yet published in english.
For levinas, the fact of envisaging an otherwise than being is a gesture that aims to overcome the said. Emmanuel levinas notes stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. In otherwise than being, he writes that the refusal of presence is converted into my presence as present, that is, as a hostage delivered over as a gift to the other levinas 1998, 146, 151. In assuming this colossal responsibility, levinas has changed the course of contemporary philosophy. Levinas ethics serve as a paradigm for his political theory. Dec 25, 2010 otherwise than being or beyond essence by emmanuel levinas, 9789048182602, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Sep, 2010 emmanuel levinas 19061995, philosopher and talmudic commentator, born in kaunas, lithuania, naturalized french in 1930. Pdf the place and face of the stranger in levinas researchgate. Levinas writes about his life and formation in an essay called signature at the end of difficile liberte, a collection of essays on social, religious and political themes. Didier franck finds in otherwise than being a problematic deepening of the relationship between radical transcendence and justice. Levinas famously cites pascal at the preface of otherwise than being. Levinas, the fact of envisaging an otherwise than being is a gesture that aims to overcome the said of the ontology by means of ethics and thus regain the true dimension of the relationship towards the. Time and the other and additional essays emmanuel levinas. In this distance, as levinas says, deceit can take place, and we see a turning from ideas to the body and more importantly, the blood.
This anthology, including levinass key philosophical texts over a period of more than forty years, provides an ideal introduction to his thought and offers insights into his. Emmanuel levinas my effort consists in showing that knowledge is in reality an immanence, and that there is no rupture of the isolation of being in knowledge. Otherwise than being, or beyond essence emmanuel levinas. The levinas reader is the most comprehensive introduction to levinass work yet published in english. The levinas reader is the most comprehensive introduction to levinas s. Kosky embraces the entire scope of levinass writings, from totality and infinity to otherwise than being, contrasting levinass early religious and moral thought with that of his later works while exploring the nature of phenomenological reduction, the relation of religion and philosophy, the question of whether levinas can be considered a. Levinas, emmanuel 19061995, philosopher and jewish thinker. Whether youve loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. In this book, i would like to show how the philosophy of emmanuel levinas. Thesis for obtaining a master of arts degree in philosophy.
This relation brings the subject into awareness of both himself and of the other and places upon the self a commandment which precedes everything, even desire. In 1923, he began to study philosophy at strasbourg university, where he came into contact with charles blondel, maurice hal. Some basic facts andrius valevicius emmanuel levinas was born in kaunas, lithuania in 1906. Otherwise than being or beyond essence levinas pdf ebook. The recovery of the meaning of being and even the possibility of raising again the question of its meaning requires, according to heidegger, authenticity, which is defined by answerability. Emmanuel levinas, otherwise than being, translated by alphonse lingis, the. Levinas s teaching reveals ethics to be the first philosophy.
They imply and need each other, but cannot be merged in a. There are differences in the two philosophies of emmanuel levinas and the buddha related to the otherwise than being. Ethics and politics in the thought of emmanuel levinas. Otherwise than being or beyond essence by emmanuel levinas, 9789048182602, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Start studying emmanuel levinas ethics and infinity. Emmanuel levinas 19061995, philosopher and talmudic commentator, born in kaunas, lithuania, naturalized french in 1930. In his second major work, otherwise than being, levinas ethics hinged upon.
He grew up in a jewish home that was open to european culture. Pdf translation as an ethical relationship between ethics and. Whereas traditionally first philosophy denoted either metaphysics or theology, only to be reconceived by heidegger as fundamental ontology, levinas argued that it is ethics that should be so conceived. Levinas, the fact of envisaging an otherwise than being is a gesture that aims to. An immensely challenging and sophisticated work, it is generally considered levinass most important contribution to the contemporary debate surrounding the closure of metaphysical discourse, much commented upon by jacques derrida. Claire katz argues that levinas exactly overturns the modern subject, especially in relation to the identification or linkage of.
Emmanuel levinas, lithuanianborn french philosopher renowned for his powerful critique of the preeminence of ontology the philosophical study of being in the history of western philosophy, particularly in the work of the german philosopher martin heidegger 18891976. Emmanuel levinas 12 january 1906 25 december 1995 was a french philosopher of lithuanian jewish ancestry who is known for his work related to jewish. Otherwise than being or beyond essence springerlink. But rather than formulating an ethical theory, levinas. It cannot be true to say that the word god means today what it might h ave meant centuries ago. Humanism of the other emmanuel levinas, professor emmanuel.
We propose to call religion the bond that is established between the same the subject\ and the other without constituting a totalitythe interview which follows, beginning with otherwise than being, or beyond essence, pursues this line of thought, attempting to make explicit levinas sense of gods presence in social life. He tells how during his childhood in lithuania, his first formative influence came from the hebrew bible. In philippe nemos words, the holocaust was a hidden referent around which levinas work was organized quoted in malka xi, while howard caygill proposes that both totality and infinity 1961 and otherwise than being 1974 are veiled works of mourning for the victims. Homosexuality and the discourse of tolerance suzanne holland as an ethicist who was trained in the discourse of rights, and as a lesbian woman whose life experience has sometimes included the denial of various rights that most of us daily take for granted, i. Nov 25, 2008 emmanuel levinas 19061996 has exerted a profound influence on 20thcentury continental philosophy. A full bibliography of all levinass publications up until 1981 is found in roger burggraeve emmanuel levinas 1982. Levinas and relational psychodynamic theory ruth domrzalski.
Explore jewish life and judaism at my jewish learning, a transdenominational website of information about judaism. Otherwise than being or beyond essence levinas pdf. Emmanuel levinas stanford encyclopedia of philosophysummer. Levinass ethical relation is between the self and the other which encounter each other in a relation he calls the facetoface. Levinass interest begins with the transcendence of being through ethics, through the selfs responsibility for the other. Otherwise than being, or beyond essence, first published in 1974, is the second of levinas s mature philosophical works, the first being totality and infinity first published in 1961. Morality begins when freedom, instead of being justified by itself, feels itself to be arbitrary and violent. Emmanuel levinas has been professor of philosophy at the sorbonne and the director of the ecole normale israelite orientale.
An essay on exteriority 1969 describes how subjectivity arises from the idea of infinity, and how infinity is produced in the relationship of the self with the other. Translation as an ethical relationship between ethics and. An introduction to emmanuel levinass political thought. Otherwise than being is essentially the sequel to totality and infinity, further elaborating the rich and comprehensive philosophy of ethical metaphysics that. Project muse conversations with emmanuel levinas, 19831994. Levinas has also developed a reputation as an interpreter of talmudic thought. This other, this autrement, which is intrinsically verbal, and which does not merge. Emmanuel levinas 12 january 1906 25 december 1995 was a french philosopher of lithuanian jewish ancestry who is known for his work related to jewish philosophy, existentialism, ethics, and ontology. An immensely challenging and sophisticated work, it is generally considered levinas s most important contribution to the contemporary debate surrounding the closure of metaphysical discourse, much commented upon by jacques derrida. Emmanuel levinas 19061996 has exerted a profound influence on 20thcentury continental philosophy. Emmanuel levinas, totality and infinity after you, sir, a trivial everyday phrase, we would say, worn out by frequent. Then it brings forth the religious character of levinass ethics that was discussed in. Whether one in the end accepts levinas claims in this work, or brushes it off as nonsense, one will have to face the question of whether the otherwise than being is true. As levinas and saint cheron discuss a variety of topics death and time in the philosophies of heidegger and bergson, eros and the feminine, the judeochristian dialogue, levinass differences of thought with paul ric.896 388 823 1531 855 1286 798 749 527 921 497 1034 613 530 451 1482 1241 248 1441 223 1297 1408 569 81 637 1444 1228 723 1156 502