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An Introduction to Levinas (Part Six-A)

Presence Note: This is the first half of the sixth part in an ongoing commentary on Emmanuel Levinas’s essay “God and Philosophy” (1974). a) In this section Levinas draws on Husserl and Heidegger to describe “consciousness of . . .”. … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Levinas (Part Five-B)

Insomnia Note: This is the second half of the fifth part in an ongoing commentary on Emmanuel Levinas’s essay “God and Philosophy” (1974). It’s longer than usual. This next paragraph is even more dense than usual, so I will take … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Levinas (Part Four)

Beyond the Polarity of Faith and Reason Note: This is the fourth part in an ongoing commentary on Emmanuel Levinas’s essay “God and Philosophy” (1974). 4. One can, to be sure, also claim that the God of the Bible has … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Levinas (Part Three)

A Destruction of Transcendence 3. Philosophical discourse must therefore be able to embrace God of whom the Bible speaks – if, that is, this God has a meaning. But once thought, this God is immediately situated within the “gesture of … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Levinas (Part Two)

The Gesture of Being 2. This dignity of an ultimate and royal discourse comes to Western philosophy by virtue of the rigorous coincidence between the thought in which philosophy stands and the reality in which this thought thinks.For thought, this … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Levinas (Part One)

A Commentary on “God and Philosophy” The writings of Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) are difficult, whether in the original French or in translation. I’ve been asked innumerable times where one might begin with him. I don’t recommend starting with his book-length … Continue reading

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