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Levinas between Ethics and Politics : For the Beauty that Adorns the Earth - Bettina Bergo

Levinas between Ethics and Politics

For the Beauty that Adorns the Earth

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1999
ISBN: 9780792356943
Number Of Pages: 310

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The act of thought-thought as an act-would precede the thought thinking or becoming conscious of an act. The notion of act involves a violence essentially: the violence of transitivity, lacking in the transcendence of thought. . . Totality and Infinity The work of Emmanuel Levinas revolves around two preoccupations. First, his philosophical project can be described as the construction of a formal ethics, grounded upon the transcendence of the other human being and a subject's spontaneous responsibility toward that other. Second, Levinas has written extensively on, and as a member of, the cultural and textual life of Judaism. These two concerns are intertwined. Their relation, however, is one of considerable complexity. Levinas' philosophical project stems directly from his situation as a Jewish thinker in the twentieth century and takes its particular form from his study of the Torah and the Talmud. It is, indeed, a hermeneutics of biblical experience. If inspired by Judaism, Levinas' ethics are not eo ipso confessional. What his ethics takes from Judaism, rather, is a particular way of conceiving transcendence and the other human being. It owes to the philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber a logos of the world and of the holy, which acknowledges their incomĀ­ mensurability without positing one as fallen and the other as supernal.

`Bergo's work is not for novices. However, those familiar with Levinas's thought are likely to find it an astonishingly erudite, even indispensable, reading of his major works as well as a subtle, cogently argued interpretation of the ambiguities, rifts and paradoxes inherent in the relation of ethics to polity.' The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 15:1 (2001)

Introductionp. 1
Presentation and Analysis of the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinasp. 7
The Significance and Evolution of the Philosophy of Levinasp. 9
Levinas' Ethical Metaphysicsp. 37
Levels of Being in Totality and Infinityp. 55
Intersubjectivity in Totality and Infinityp. 82
Election from 'Beyond the Face' in Totality and Infinity: Intersubjectivity Grounded in a Figurative Biologyp. 105
The Passage from Totality and Infinity to Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence via Prophetism and Messianic Consciousnessp. 132
Subjectivity and Messianic Consciousnessp. 148
Prophetism: From the Saying to the Said, or the Passage From Ethical Responsibility to Socialityp. 169
Between Responsibility and Justice: A Criticism of the Passage From Ethics to Politicsp. 207
Ethics as First Philosophy and the Question of Its Universalizationp. 209
The Universalization of Responsibility as a Passage from Ethics to a Politics of Questioning: Simon Critchley's Reading of Levinasp. 241
Gillian Rose's Critique of Prophetism and Politics in Levinasp. 258
The Unhappy Consciousness and Levinas' Ethicsp. 277
Concluding Remarksp. 295
Selected Bibliographyp. 302
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780792356943
ISBN-10: 0792356942
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 30th April 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61