Emmanuel Levinas

Emmanuel Levinas

Basic Philosophical Writings
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21079-1
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Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1996) has exerted a profound influence on 20th-century continental philosophy. This anthology, including Levinas's key philosophical texts over a period of more than forty years, provides an ideal introduction to his thought and offers insights into his most innovative ideas. Five of the ten essays presented here appear in English for the first time. An introduction by Adriaan Peperzak outlines Levinas's philosophical development and the basic themes of his writings. Each essay is accompanied by a brief introduction and notes. This collection is an ideal text for students of philosophy concerned with understanding and assessing the work of this major philosopher.

Author Bio

ADRIAAN T. PEPERZAK is the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago. He is author of To the Other: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. SIMON CRITCHLEY is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Essex. He is author of The Ethics of Deconstruction and Very Little... Almost Nothing. ROBERT BERNASCONI is Moss Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. He is author of The Question of Language in Heidegger's History of Being.


“"The aim of this volume is to introduce students to a representative selection of Levinas' philosophical writings after his separation from Heidegger's ontology. The editors sufficiently justify their choice of entries, which effectively show Levinas' journey from ontology to phenomenology and ethics." Religious Studies Review “. . . an excellent introduction to the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas.” —The Jerusalem Post Ten of Emmanuel Levinas’s most important philosophical essays, five of which are translated here into English for the first time. Each of the essays is accompanied by a brief introduction and notes which enhance the volume’s value to scholars and beginners alike.”

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Table of Contents


Is Ontology Fundamental?
Transcendence and Height
Meaning and Sense
Enigma and Phenomenon
Truth of Disclosure and Truth of Testimony
Essence and Disinterestedness
God and Philosophy
Transcendence and Intelligibility
Peace and Proximity