The Oxford Handbook of Levinas

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Michael L. Morgan


Oxford University Press




878 pages









Book Description

Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) rose to prominence as an influential philosophical voice in the latter decades of the twentieth century; his reputation has continued to blossom and grow in our own day. Emmanuel Levinas was born in 1906 and passed away in 1995. His primary concepts, which include the primacy of the ethical and the essence of ethics as our responsibility to and for others, speak to readers from a wide variety of fields of study and points of view. However, both his writings and his philosophy present challenges and difficulties. The Oxford Handbook of Levinas (PDF) is a collection of essays written with the purpose of analyzing and discussing Levinas and his writings from a variety of perspectives. Some of the emphasis is placed on the fundamental ideas of his work, while other of the emphasis is placed on the manner in which he read and was affected by figures ranging from Plato and Descartes through Hobbes and Kant, as well as Blanchot, Heidegger, Husserl, and Derrida. In addition, there are essays that discuss the ways in which his ideas have been used in other areas of thought, such as moral and political philosophy, film criticism, psychology, and other areas, as well as the connection between his ideas and other religious themes and traditions. In the end, a number of the pieces focus exclusively on how the readers have judged him negatively and found him lacking. This volume reveals and investigates both the breadth of applications to which Levinas’s philosophical work has been put as well as the depth to which it has been applied. Particular attention is paid to clarifying why his interests in the human condition, the crisis of civilization, the centrality and character of ethics and morality, and the very meaning of human experience should be of interest to the widest possible range of readers.

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Table of contents

Table of contents :
The Oxford Handbook of Levinas
Introduction: Reading Levinas Today
Part I Life, Background, and Influences
1. Levinas’s Prison Notebooks
2. Levinas and the Holocaust
3. Levinas, Blanchot, and Art
4. Levinas and Husserl
5. Levinas and Heidegger: The Elemental Confrontation
6. Levinas and Derrida
7. Levinas Reading the Ancients
8. Levinas and Early Modern Philosophy
9. Levinas and German Idealism: Fichte and Hegel
Part II Main Philosophical Themes
10. Levinas’s Philosophy of Transcendence
11. Levinas and the Face of the Other
12. “Subjectivity Must Be Defended”: Substitution, Entanglement, and the Prehistory of the Me in Levinas
13. Levinas, Politics, and the Third Party
14. Levinas, Darwall, and Løgstrup on Second-​Personal Ethics: Command or Responsibility?
15. Levinas on God and the Trace of the Other
16. Levinas on Temporality and the Other
17. Levinas’s Accounts of Messianism
Part III Religion and the Religious Dimension
18. Levinas and the Bible
19. Theological Terms in the Philosophy of Levinas
20. Levinas and Christianity
21. Levinas as a Reader of Jewish Texts: The Talmudic Commentaries
22. Levinas’s Jewish Writings
23. Levinas’s Ethics, Politics, and Zionism
Part IV Ethics Beyond Philosophy
24. Levinas and Education
25. Levinas and Film
26. Levinas, Literature, and Philosophy
27. The Question of Food and Philosophy in Levinas
28. Levinas and the Ethics of War and Peace
29. Levinas and Analytic Philosophy: An Ethical Metaphysics of Reasons
30. Levinas and the Law of Torts
31. Levinas and the Critical Philosophy of Race
32. Levinas on Psychology, Identity, and Caring for Others
Part V Critical Assessments of Levinas
33. Levinas on Nature and Naturalism
34. Levinas’s Humanism and Anthropocentrism
35. Levinas, Feminism, and Temporality
36. Levinas on the Problem of Language: Expressing the Inexpressible
37. Levinas on Ecology and Nature
38. Levinas, Philosophy, and Biography

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