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The relation between the Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions is "the great problem" of Western philosophy, according to Emmanuel Levinas. In this book Brian Schroeder, Silvia Benso, and an international group of philosophers address the relationship between Levinas and the world of ancient thought. In addition to philosophy, themes touching on religion, mythology, metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, ethics, and politics are also explored. The volume as a whole provides a unified and extended discussion of how an engagement between Levinas and thinkers from the ancient tradition works to enrich understandings of both. This book opens new pathways in ancient and modern philosophical studies as it illuminates new interpretations of Levinas' ethics and his social and political philosophy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Abbreviations of Works by Emmanuel Levinas
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. TO RETURN IN A NEW WAY: INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. THE BREATHING OF THE AIR: PRESOCRATIC ECHOES IN LEVINAS
  2. pp. 9-23
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  1. 2. THE ETERNAL AND THE NEW: SOCRATES AND LEVINAS ON DESIRE AND NEED
  2. pp. 24-39
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  1. 3. LEVINAS QUESTIONING PLATO ON EROS AND MAIEUTICS
  2. pp. 40-61
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  1. 4. GETTING UNDER THE SKIN: PLATONIC MYTHS IN LEVINAS
  2. pp. 62-78
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  1. 5. LENDING ASSISTANCE ALWAYS TO ITSELF: LEVINAS’ INFINITE CONVERSATION WITH PLATONIC DIALOGUE
  2. pp. 79-102
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  1. 6. ETHICS AS FIRST PHILOSOPHY: ARISTOTELIAN REFLECTIONS ON INTELLIGENCE, SENSIBILITY, AND TRANSCENDENCE
  2. pp. 103-126
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  1. 7. ARISTOTLE AND LEVINAS ON WAR AND PEACE: THE ONE AGAINST THE OTHER
  2. pp. 127-143
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  1. 8. STOIC ETHICS AND TOTALITY IN LIGHT OF LEVINASIAN ALTERITY
  2. pp. 144-164
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  1. 9. OF A NON-SAYING THAT SAYS NOTHING: LEVINAS AND PYRRHONISM
  2. pp. 165-177
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  1. 10. THE TIME AND LANGUAGE OF MESSIANISM: LEVINAS AND SAINT PAUL
  2. pp. 178-195
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  1. 11. PROXIMITY IN DISTANCE: LEVINAS AND PLOTINUS
  2. pp. 196-209
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  1. 12. A TRACE OF THE ETERNAL RETURN? LEVINAS AND NEOPLATONISM
  2. pp. 210-229
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  1. 13. ETHICS AND PREDESTINATION IN AUGUSTINE AND LEVINAS
  2. pp. 230-242
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 243-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. Back cover
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