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Alterity and Transcendence

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ISBN-10: 0231116519

ISBN-13: 9780231116510

Edition: 1999 (Reprint)

Authors: Emmanuel Levinas, Michael B. Smith, Emmanuel Levinas

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Internationally renowned as one of the great French philosophers of the twentieth century, the late Emmanuel Levinas remains a pivotal figure across the humanistic disciplines for his insistence -- against the grain of Western philosophical tradition -- on the primacy of ethics in philosophical investigation. This first English translation of a series of twelve essays known as Alterity and Transcendence offers a unique glimpse of Levinas defining his own place in the history of philosophy. Published by a mature thinker between 1967 and 1989, these works exhibit a refreshingly accessible perspective that seasoned admirers and newcomers will appreciate. In today's world, where religious…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Emmanuel Levinas was professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne and the director of the Ecole Normale Superieur Isra�lite Orientale until his death in 1995. He exerted a profound influence on twentieth century continental philosophy, providing inspiration for Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, Irigary, and Finkielkraut, among others. Among his works translated into English are Proper Names, Ethics and Infinity, Time and the Other, and Otherwise than Being.

Emmanuel Levinas was born in Kovno, Lithuania, to an Orthodox Jewish family. Hebrew was the first language that he learned to read; he also acquired a love of the Russian classics, particularly works by Pushkin and Tolstoy which first stirred his philosophical interests. Levinas studied in Strasbourg, Freiburg, and Paris, developing a particular interest in the philosophers Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger. He became a French citizen and eventually a prisoner during World War II, at which time his entire family was exterminated. After the war, Levinas taught at Poitiers, Nanterre, and eventually became professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1973. He has also been…    

Translator's Note
Preface
The Other Transcendence
Philosophy and Transcendence
Totality and Totalization
Infinity
Philosophy of Dialogue and First Philosophy
Beyond Dialogue
The Word I, the Word You, the Word God
The Proximity of the Other
Utopia and Socialism
Peace and Right
The Prohibition against Representation and 'The Rights of Man'
Peace and Proximity
The Rights of the Other Man
Conversations
The Philosopher and Death
Violence of the Face
Bibliographical Note
Notes
Index