By Emmanuel Levinas

ISBN-10: 0231079117

ISBN-13: 9780231079112

Emmanuel Levinas is among the most vital figures of twentieth-century philosophy. Exerting a profound impression upon such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, and Irigaray, Levinas's paintings bridges numerous significant gaps within the evolution of continental philosophy--between smooth and postmodern, phenomenology and poststructuralism, ethics and ontology. he's credited with having spurred a revitalized curiosity in ethics-based philosophy all through Europe and America.
Entre Nous (Between Us) is the fruits of Levinas's philosophy. released in France many years prior to his dying, it gathers his most crucial paintings and divulges the improvement of his proposal over approximately 40 years of devoted inquiry. besides a number of trenchant interviews released the following, those essays have interaction with problems with soreness, love, faith, tradition, justice, human rights, and criminal idea. Taken jointly, they represent a key to Levinas's rules at the moral dimensions of otherness.
Working from the phenomenological approach to Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, Levinas driven past the boundaries in their framework to argue that it really is ethics, now not ontology, that orients philosophy, and that accountability precedes reasoning. Ethics for Levinas ability accountability with regards to distinction. all through his paintings, Levinas returns to the metaphor of the face of the opposite to debate how and the place accountability enters our lives and makes philosophy valuable. For Levinas, ethics starts with our head to head interplay with one other person--seeing that individual now not as a mirrored image of one's self, nor as a risk, yet as diverse and bigger than self. Levinas strikes the reader to acknowledge the results of this interplay: our abiding accountability for the opposite, and our quandary with the other's anguish and death.
Situated on the crossroads of a number of philosophical colleges and techniques, Levinas's paintings illuminates a bunch of serious concerns and has stumbled on resonances between scholars and students of literature, legislation, faith, and politics. Entre Nous is right now the apotheosis of his paintings and an obtainable advent to it. in spite of everything, Levinas's pressing meditations upon the face of the opposite recommend a brand new beginning upon which to understand the character of fine and evil within the tangled skein of our lives.

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The affective warmth of love is the fulfillment of the consciousness of that satisfaction, that content­ ment, that fullness found outside the self, eccentric to it. The society of love is a society of two, a society of solitudes, resisting universality. Its universality can be constructed only in time, by successive infidelities, by the change of friends. This is the love of one's neighbor, determined by chance proximity, and, consequently, a love of one being to the detriment of another; always privilege, even if it is not preference.

Money, whose metaphysical meaning has perhaps not yet been measured5 (despite the plethora of economic and sociological studies that have been devoted to it), corrupting the will by the power it offers it, is the middle term par excellence. It keeps individuals outside the totality since they dispose of it; and, at the same time, it includes them in the totality, since in commerce and transaction the man himself is bought or sold: money is always wages to some extent. As an exchange value of a

What is inhuman is to be judged without anyone who judges. The assertion of man as a power to judge history is the assertion of rationalism. It begins by denouncing the simply poetic thought that thinks without knowing what it thinks—that thinks as one dreams. It begins with reflection on oneself, in order to situate poetic thought in relation to an absolute. But reflection does not let us stop—since the position of the reflecting subject is as poetic as that of the thinker think­ ing objects, since all thought is poetic, pure doing, without any connec­ tion with principle, without any beginning.

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