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To the Other

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas

by Adriaan Peperzak

Publication Year: 1993

The fruit of the author's many courses on Emmanuel Levinas in Europe and the United States, this study is a clear introduction for graduate students and scholars who are not yet familiar with Levinas's difficult but exceptionally important oeuvre.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: History of Philosophy

Title Page

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pp. ix-x

Since 1961 the work of Emmanuel Levinas has slowly acquired a pivotal position in the world of philosophy. Notwithstanding a sort of radical simplicity, its textual difficulty resists any quick or facile understanding. Having taught several courses on Levinas's thought in various schools of Europe and America, I wrote this book in order to facilitate a fruitful reading of his main ...


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pp. xi-xii

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ONE: The One for the Other

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pp. 1-37

In 1963 G. Deledalle and D. Huisman published a collection of texts in which most of the outstanding French philosophers presented their life and work: Les philosophes franr;ais d'aujourd'hui par eux-memes: Autobiographie de la philosophie franr;aise contemporaine. Emmanuel Levinas's self-presentation is found on pages 325-28. Under the title "Signature," this ...

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TWO: A Commentary on "Philosophy and the Idea of the Infinite"

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pp. 38-72

Having taught several courses on the thought of Emmanuel Levinas as expressed in Totality and Infinity and Otherwise Than Being or Beyond Essence, I have found no better introduction to the reading of these books, especially the first, than the 1957 article "Philosophy and the Idea of the Infinite."1 Not only does this essay show clearly how Levinas's works sprang ...

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pp. 73-87

Toute philosophie recherche la v

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FOUR: Text and Commentary

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pp. 88-119

Every philosophy seeks truth. Sciences, too, can be defined by this search, for from the philosophic eros,1 alive or dormant in them, they derive their noble passion. If this definition seems too general and rather empty, it will, however, permit us to distinguish two directions the philosophical spirit takes, and this will clarify its ...

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FIVE: A Key to Totality and Infinity

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pp. 120-208

The composition of Totality and Infinity can be understood as the unfolding of its twofold title. As we will see, through the concept of "totality," the author characterizes the whole of Western philosophy, whereas "the infinite" indicates the transcendence suppressed by that same tradition. Instead of "totality" and "infinity," the first section of the book, however, most often uses ...

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SIX: Beyond Being

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pp. 209-234

It is impossible to understand the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (or any philosophy) if it is isolated from the prephilosophical life (the experience, conviction, events, and the spiritual climate) in which it has its roots. The interpreter of a philosophy does not, however, need to consider explicitly its philosophical and nonphilosophical presuppositions if he/she ...


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pp. 235-241


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pp. 243-247

E-ISBN-13: 9781612490373
E-ISBN-10: 1612490379
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557530240
Print-ISBN-10: 1557530246

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 1993

Series Title: History of Philosophy