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Entre Nous: Essays on Thinking-of-the-Other (European Perspectives


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Is Ontology Fundamental? The I and the Totality Levy-Bruhl and Contemporary Philosophy A Man-God? A New Rationality: On Gabriel Marcel Hermeneutics and the Beyond Philosophy and Awakening Useless Suffering Philosophy, Justice, and Love Nonintentional Consciousness From the One to the Other: Transcendence and Time The Rights of Man and Good Will Diachrony and Representation The Philosophical Determination of the Idea of Culture Uniqueness Totality and Infinity Dialogue on Thinking-of-the-Other "Dying for..." The Idea of the Infinite in Us The Other, Utopia, and Justice

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Exerting a profound influence upon such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, and Irigaray, Levinas's work bridges several major gaps in the evolution of continental philosophy-between modern and postmodern, phenomenology and poststructuralism, ethics and ontology. He is credited with having spurred a revitalized interest in ethics-based philosophy throughout Europe and America.Entre Nous (Between Us) is the culmination of Levinas's philosophy. Published in France a few years before his death, it gathers his most important work and reveals the development of his thought over nearly forty years of committed inquiry. Along with several trenchant interviews published here, these essays engage with issues of suffering, love, religion, culture, justice, human rights, and legal theory. Taken together, they constitute a key to Levinas's ideas on the ethical dimensions of otherness.

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Emmanuel Levinas was professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne and the director of the Ecole Normale Superieur Israelite 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.


An excellent introduction to one of the most influential Continental philosophers... Exceptionally stimulating. Library Journal The most definitive, accessible, and cogently argued statement of his philosophy that Levinas ever published. What makes Entre Nous so remarkable is that it summarizes and clarifies the central arguments of his long career. Choice

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