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Twilight of Jewish Philosophy - Tamra Wright

Twilight of Jewish Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 8th April 1999
ISBN: 9789057023507
Number Of Pages: 200

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Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) is widely acknowledged as one of the great Jewish thinkers of the 20th century, yet during his lifetime he refused the label "Jewish philosopher," insisting that he was a philosopher tout court. The Twilight of Jewish Philosophy explores the relationship between Levinas' ethical philosophy & his understanding of Judaism. The first chapter focuses on the face-to-face or ethical relation, as it is presented in Totality & Infinity. Subsequent chapters show how this quasi-phenomenological account of the ethical relation provides the orientation for Levinas' approach to interpreting the texts of both Judaism & western thought, his "ethical hermeneutics." Through close readings of his major texts, the significance of key terms in Levinas' discourse - particularly "humanism," "God" & "Judaism" - is clarified. Finally, the author examines the writings that constitute Levinasi most distinctive contribution to Jewish thought: his talmudic commentaries.

Ethical Philosophyp. 1
Humanism and Ethicsp. 35
Is Levinas' Ethics Theological?p. 71
Post-Holocaust Judaismp. 97
'Translating the Bible into Greek' - Levinas' Ethical Hermeneuticsp. 141
Conclusionp. 173
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9789057023507
ISBN-10: 9057023504
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 8th April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1