(Emmanuel Levinas). ‘Alterity and Transcendence’ the title Emmanuel. Levinas has chosen for the present volume, which groups twelve texts written between. Emmanuel Levinas, Alterity and Transcendence, translated by Michael B. Smith. ( New York: interviews by the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. Written. Book Review: Emmanuel Levinas, Alterity and Transcendence, translated by Michael B. Smith (New York: Columbia University Press, , pp., $ hbk.

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Faithful to the spirit of Husserl’s phenomenology, Levinas suspends that distinction. In sum, Levinas’s early project is structured around the reconceptualization of fundamental existential transcendemce.

It is as though Levinas were describing the affective investiture of a subject called to witness. Une philosophie de la transcendance: It was the first book-length introduction to Husserl’s thought in French.

It is pure expression; expression affects me before I can begin to reflect on it. Stanford University Press, De Boer, Theodore, London; New York, NY: In the s, Levinas emerged from the circle of intellectuals surrounding Jean Wahl as a leading French thinker. Locating transcendence above and across oneself, Levinas argues for an asymmetrical ethics, in which the self is perpetually responsible for the other without the expectation of reciprocity. London and New York, NY: Brian rated it liked it Feb 25, Johns Hopkins University Press.


His Lithuanian family is murdered. For that reason, this entry will follow that career chronologically, as it evolves. Levinas et l’exception du soi. In the family, election by the father and service to the brothers, set forth a justice more decisively conditioned by face-to-face responsibility than the justice of the State could ever be.

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Alterity and Transcendence Review. Chinese and Western Perspectives. The ontological language also changes. A thinker like Levinas, whose ethics demands nothing short of a reverential attitude toward the other, deserves a translation which would at least adopt a similar posture toward its original. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The second reversal concerns moods themselves. It is this encounter that Levinas describes and approaches from multiple perspectives e.

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Alex rated it liked it Oct 13, A more strategic use of the body as flesh, that is, simultaneously an inside and outside locus, is evident. The text as first person witness may well date from Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. According to his obituary in New York Times,[1] Levinas came to regret his enthusiasm for Heidegger, because of the latter’s affinity transceneence the Nazis.


If ethics means rationalist self-legislation and freedom deontologythe calculation of happiness utilitarianismor the cultivation of virtues abd ethicsthen Levinas’s philosophy is not an ethics. Kleinberg-Levin, David Michael, In sensibility the qualities of perceived things turn into time and into consciousness… [But,] do not the sensations in which the sensible qualities are lived resound adverbially …as adverbs of the verb to be?

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If Heidegger’s Dasein confronted the question of Being by finding itself brought before itself in anxiety, Levinas proposes other ways by which the gap narrows between Being itself and the beings that we are. Being, in Levinas, is never Heidegger’s disclosure and withdrawal.

Concluding Remarks Levinas’s works subsequent to Otherwise than Being refine its complex thematics.

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