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By Emmanuel Levinas

ISBN-10: 0485115190

ISBN-13: 9780485115192

The world over popular as one of many nice French philosophers of the 20th century, the past due Emmanuel Levinas continues to be a pivotal determine around the humanistic disciplines for his insistence―against the grain of Western philosophical tradition―on the primacy of ethics in philosophical research. this primary English translation of a chain of twelve essays often called Alterity and Transcendence bargains a special glimpse of Levinas defining his personal position within the historical past of philosophy. released by way of a mature philosopher among 1967 and 1989, those works show a refreshingly available standpoint that professional admirers and rookies will appreciate.

In modern-day global, the place non secular conceptions of exalted larger powers are regularly known as into query through theoretical research and by way of the strong effect of technology and know-how on our knowing of the universe, has the inspiration of transcendence been stripped of its value? In Levinas's incisive version, transcendence is certainly alive―not in any inspiration of our dating to a mysterious, sacred realm yet within the concept of our worldly, subjective relationships to others.

Without presupposing an intimate wisdom of the historical past of philosophy, Levinas explores the ways that Plotinus, Descartes, Husserl, and Heidegger have encountered the query of transcendence. In discourses at the options of totality and infinity, he locates his personal considering within the context of pre-Socratic philosophers, Aristotle, Leibniz, Spinoza, Kant, and Descartes. consistently centering his discussions at the inspiration of interpersonal family members because the foundation of transcendence, Levinas displays at the rights of people (and how they're inextricably associated with these of others), the concept that of peace, and the dialogic nature of philosophy. eventually, in interviews carried out by means of Christian Chabanis and Angelo Bianchi, Levinas responds to key questions ultimately addressed in his writings. all through, Alterity and Transcendence finds a dedication to ethics as first philosophy―obliging smooth thinkers to enquire now not basically the real however the strong.

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Can one, properly speaking, use the preposition before [devant\ here? Have we not, in speaking thus, confused the meaning of the face with the plastic forms of. repre­ sentation that already mask it, whereas the face, in its formal nakedness, or stripped of forms, expresses mortality and signifies a commandment? Have we not already failed to recognize the incessant surplus of meaning that undoes these plastic forms? A surplus that cannot be represented —cannot be presented — but that signifies in the imperative with authority or glory.

It intends hence­ forth the. whole, understood to the very end and leaving nothing outside. But does the intellectual act not rise up in the void in this way? Do not such totalizations and totalities limit themselves to the pure form of the thinkable - to an absolutely indeterminate something, more devoid of content than the most general genera? Do they not belong to pure logic, moving between an analysis that distinguishes, in any whole, parts that it conditions, parts further divisible, either infinitely so, or down to the level of elements arbitrarily posited as absolutely simple, and a synthesis taking each whole as a part of a vaster whole that conditions it, thus going either to infinity, or, arbitrar­ ily, to an absolute whole?

The role played by totality in hermeneutics would then indicate that reason and totality are indeed inseparable, but that totality requires more than a spirit of continuity from reason. The identification of the whole with the rational and being is not, however, the sole thought of the West. Issued from the Hellenic-Judeo-Christian tra­ dition, it has had the anxiety of transcendence. To it, freedom in the guise of totality has also revealed a negative face of freedom. One must, consequendy, ask whether it is human finitude alone that puts in question the totality whose antinomies Kant per­ ceived, and whether the crisis of that idea does not come from the resistance that being puts up against it, or better yet, from the difference between being in its totality and the message of rationality.

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