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Rossitsa Varadinova Borkowski is lecturer in philosophy at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and doctoral candidate affiliated with Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Her research focuses on the intersection between aesthetics, imagination, and Levinas’s ethics.

Richard A. Cohen is professor of philosophy and professor of Jewish thought at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, and director of the annual Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar. He is the author of Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas; Levinasian Meditations: Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion; Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy: Interpretation after Levinas; and Elevations: The Height of the Good in Rosenzweig and Levinas; as well as the translator of four books by Levinas and articles by Deleuze, Dufrenne, and Levinas; the editor of scholarly collections on Levinas and on Ricoeur; and the author of many articles in modern and contemporary continental philosophy.

Kevin Houser is the Beamer-Schneider SAGES Teaching Fellow in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. His research specialties include ethics/moral philosophy, moral emotions, and epistemology. Houser’s present projects seek to explain and apply Levinas’s idea of ethical priority to contemporary empathy literature and current analytic theories of reasons. [End Page 245]

Brigitta Keintzel is Elise Richter Research Fellow at the University of Vienna, financed by the Austrian Science Fund. The subject of her research is the notion of gender in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption with consideration of Derrida’s thinking of difference. Her academic work concerns crosslinks and differences between idealistic philosophy, phenomenology, and political theory. Her recent publication is about the relation between philosophical and musical hearing and understanding.

Chung-Hsiung Lai is professor of critical theory at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He has published widely on themes in contemporary philosophy and literature studies. His recent publications in Chinese and English include Responding to the Other: Levinas Revisited, The Philosophy of the Other: Return to Levinas, and Deconstructing Boundaries: Critical Essays on Contemporary Theory.

James McLachlan is professor of philosophy and religion at Western Carolina University. He has assisted in all three Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminars, in Vilnius, Buffalo, and Rome. He is past cochair of the Mormon Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion, and organizer of the Personalist Seminar. His recent publications have dealt with concepts of Hell in existentialism, Satan and demonic evil in Boehme, Schelling, and Dostoevsky. He is currently working on a study of Levinas and the existentialists.

James Mensch is professor of philosophy at Charles University in Prague. His main areas of research are phenomenology and its contemporary social and political applications. He is the author of twelve books, the most recent being Patočka’s Asubjective Phenomenology: Toward a New Concept of Human and Levinas’ Existential Analytic: A Commentary on Totality and Infinity. [End Page 246]

Irina Poleshchuk is postdoctoral researcher at Helsinki University and is teaching at European Humanities University in Vilnius. Her academic interest concerns phenomenology, ethics, temporality, embodiment, and justice. She has published articles on sensibility, enjoyment, diachrony, affectivity, and on temporalization of listening in Levinas’s ethics.

Jolanta Saldukaitytė wrote her PhD thesis at the University of Vilnius, Lithuania, on “Thinking of Difference in Heidegger and Levinas” (2011). She is co-organizer of the Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar and has published several articles on Levinas’s philosophy, especially in its relation to the thought of Martin Heidegger. Her research interests include phenomenology, ethics, notions of difference, alterity, and strangeness. She is teaching at the Department of Philosophy and Communication at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania. [End Page 247]



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