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Unlike many recent studies that have purported to examine the scope of Levinas’s thinking, Toward the Outside is distinguished by its attention to texts from both of Levinas’s two main genres: the philosophical and the confessional. Organized into three parts, the first examines key pairs of concepts—totality/infinity, same/other, saying/said, among others. Smith demonstrates a keen attunement to the development of Levinas’s thought as an overall philosophical trajectory. In part 2, Smith more explicitly identifies themes that are essential to our better understanding of Levinas—Judaism and the Holocaust, temporality, Levinas’s treatment of Husserl and Heidegger, Derrida’s reading of Levinas, and others. Finally, in part 3, his commentary, based on close readings of selected Levinas texts, meticulously follows and highlights the development of Levinas’s thought.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. ix
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  1. ABBREVIATIONS
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part One: Concepts
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. TOTALITY/INFINITY
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. 2. SAME/OTHER
  2. pp. 37-42
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  1. 3. SAYING/SAID
  2. pp. 43-55
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  1. 4. BEING/BEYOND BEING
  2. pp. 56-62
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  1. 5. PERSON/THING
  2. pp. 63-65
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  1. 6. ONTOLOGY/METAPHYSICS
  2. pp. 66-71
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  1. 7. SACRED/HOLY
  2. pp. 72-76
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  1. Part Two: Themes
  2. pp. 77-78
  1. 8. JUDAISM
  2. pp. 79-84
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  1. 9. HYPOSTASIS, GRAMMAR, AND THEMATIZATION
  2. pp. 85-90
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  1. 10. PROXIMITY AND TEMPORALITY
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. 11. THE HOLOCAUST
  2. pp. 109-121
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  1. 12. LEVINAS’S EARLY WORK ON HUSSERL
  2. pp. 122-126
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  1. 13. LEVINAS’S CRITIQUE OF HEIDEGGER
  2. pp. 127-139
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  1. 14. DERRIDA’S READINGS OF LEVINAS
  2. pp. 140-178
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  1. Part Three: Commentary
  2. pp. 179-180
  1. 15. “DE L’ÉVASION” (1935)
  2. pp. 181-185
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  1. 16. EXISTENCE & EXISTENTS (1947)
  2. pp. 186-209
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  1. 17. TOTALITY AND INFINITY: PREFACE (1961)
  2. pp. 210-215
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  1. 18. DIFFICULT FREEDOM (1963, 1976)
  2. pp. 216-223
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  1. 19. “LANGUAGE AND PROXIMITY” (1967)
  2. pp. 224-233
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  1. 20. “AND GOD CREATED WOMAN”
  2. pp. 234-239
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  1. CONCLUSION
  2. pp. 240-242
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 243-264
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 265-270
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820705538
Related ISBN
9780820703688
MARC Record
OCLC
607623575
Pages
285
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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