Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion

Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion

Kosky, Jeffrey L.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/12/2001
Format: Hardback 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-33925-6
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Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion

Jeffrey L. Kosky

Reveals the interplay of phenomenology and religion in Levinas’s thought.

Kosky examines Levinas’s thought from the perspective of the philosophy of religion and he does so in a way that is attentive to the philosophical nuances of Levinas’s argument.... an insightful, well written, and carefully documented study... that uniquely illuminates Levinas’s work." —John D. Caputo

For readers who suspect there is no place for religion and morality in postmodern philosophy, Jeffrey L. Kosky suggests otherwise in this skillful interpretation of the ethical and religious dimensions of Emmanuel Levinas’s thought. Placing Levinas in relation to Hegel and Nietzsche, Husserl and Heidegger, Derrida and Marion, Kosky develops religious themes found in Levinas’s work and offers a way to think and speak about ethics and morality within the horizons of contemporary philosophy of religion. Kosky embraces the entire scope of Levinas’s writings, from Totality and Infinity to Otherwise than Being, contrasting Levinas’s 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 Jewish thinker, and the religious and theological import of Levinas’s phenomenology. Kosky stresses that Levinas is first and foremost a phenomenologist and that the relationship between religion and philosophy in his ethics should cast doubt on the assumption that a natural or inevitable link exists between deconstruction and atheism.

Jeffrey L. Kosky is translator of On Descartes’ Metaphysical Prism: The Constitution and the Limits of Onto-theo-logy in Cartesian Thought by Jean-Luc Marion. He has taught at Williams College.

Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion—Merold Westphal, general editor

May 2001
272 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, bibl., index, append.

Author Bio

Jeffrey L. Kosky is translator of On Descartes' Metaphysical Prism: The Constitution and the Limits of Onto-theo-logy in Cartesian Thought by Jean-Luc Marion. He has taught at Williams College.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Part 1: Beyond Totality and Infinity
1. Ethics as the End of Metaphysics
2. Theology and the Unthought Constitution of Ethical Metaphysics
3. Reduction to Responsibility
Part 2: Ethical Phenomenology
4. Insight and Drift: Husserl
5. The De-posited Subject: Levinas
6. The Affected Subject: Responsibility or Dasein?
Part 3: Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion
7. The Death of God and Emergence of the Philosophy of Religion
8. Ethical Phenomenology and the Religiosity of the Subject
9. The Ethical Possibility of God
Notes
Works Cited
Index