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Recent discussions in the philosophy of religion, ethics, and personal political philosophy have been deeply marked by the influence of two philosophers who are often thought to be in opposition to each other, Søren Kierkegaard and Emmanuel Levinas. Devoted expressly to the relationship between Levinas and Kierkegaard, this volume sets forth a more rigorous comparison and sustained engagement between them. Established and newer scholars representing varied philosophical traditions bring these two thinkers into dialogue in 12 sparkling essays. They consider similarities and differences in how each elaborated a unique philosophy of religion, and they present themes such as time, obligation, love, politics, God, transcendence, and subjectivity. This conversation between neighbors is certain to inspire further inquiry and ignite philosophical debate.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction: Good Fences May Not Make Good Neighbors After All
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part One. Levinas on Kierkegaard
  2. p. 19
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  1. 1. The Many Faces of Levinas as a Reader of Kierkegaard
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. 2. Existential Appropriations: The Influence of Jean Wahl on Levinas’s Reading of Kierkegaard
  2. pp. 41-66
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  1. Part Two. On Love and Transcendence
  2. p. 67
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  1. 3. Who or What or Whot?
  2. pp. 69-81
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  1. 4. Kierkegaard and Levinas on Four Elements of the Biblical Love Commandment
  2. pp. 82-98
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  1. 5. The Greatest Commandment? Religion and/ or Ethics in Kierkegaard and Levinas
  2. pp. 99-122
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  1. Part Three. Time, Alterity, and Eschatology
  2. p. 123
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  1. 6. Hearing, Patiently: Time and Salvation in Kierkegaard and Levinas
  2. pp. 125-152
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  1. 7. Kierkegaard, Levinas, and “Absolute Alterity”
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. 8. What Kierkegaardian Faith Adds to Alterity Ethics: How Levinas and Derrida Miss the Eschatological Dimension
  2. pp. 169-196
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  1. Part Four. Ethico-Political Possibilities
  2. p. 197
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  1. 9. The Challenge of Justice: The Ethics of “Upbuilding”
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. 10. Levinas and Kierkegaard: Ethics and Politics
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. 11. Works of Justice, Works of Love: Kierkegaard, Levinas, and an Ethics Beyond Difference
  2. pp. 229-243
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  1. 12. “More Than All the Others”: Meditation on Responsibility
  2. pp. 244-256
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-270
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