Levinas and Kierkegaard in Dialogue

Levinas and Kierkegaard in Dialogue

Merold Westphal
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/12/2008
ISBN: 978-0-253-00314-0
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Few philosophers have devoted more than passing attention to similarities between the thought of Søren Kierkegaard, a Danish Christian, and Emmanuel Levinas, a French Jew. Here, one of philosophy of religion's most distinctive voices offers a sustained comparison. Focusing on questions surrounding otherness, transcendence, postmodernity, and the nature of religious thought, Merold Westphal draws readers into a dialogue between the two thinkers. Westphal's masterful command of both philosophies shows that each can learn from the other. Levinas and Kierkegaard in Dialogue is an insightful and accessible contribution to philosophical considerations of ethics and religion.

Author Bio

Merold Westphal is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. His most recent works include Transcendence and Self-Transcendence (IUP, 2004).

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"Westphal's book will set the terms for future debates about what at times seem like the indiscernible differences that make these two thinkers both very near and very far from each other. —Jeffrey Kosky, Washington and Lee UniversityThis is an important and engaging work that will help readers to understand better not only Levinas and Kierkegaard, but also the nature of otherness and transcendence." —Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University

"This is an important and engaging work that will help readers to understand better not only Levinas and Kierkegaard, but also the nature of otherness and transcendence." —Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University

"[Westphal] has provided us with an important study, not only in terms of the ways it illuminates these two particular thinkers, but also in its careful comparative methodology that provides a useful model for further philosophical dialogue between past and present representatives of Jewish and Christian religious thought." —Daniel H. Weiss, University of Cambridge,
MODERN THEOLOGY , 26.3 July, 2010

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Part 1. Revelation
1. Revelation as Immediacy
2. Revelation as Enigma and Paradox
Part 2. God
3. Teleological Suspensions
4. Commanded Love and Divine Transcendence
Part 3. Heteronomy
5. The Trauma of Transcendence as Heteronomous Intersubjectivity
6. Transcendence, Heteronomy, and the Birth of the Responsible Self
Part 4. Reversal
7. The "Logic" of Solidarity
8. Inverted Intentionality: Being Addressed
Notes
Index