Appositions of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas
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"This is a book of scintillating intelligence, a book whose range of references, whose extraordinary ethical sensibility and linguistic creativity, set a standard for philosophy that few if any contemporary thinkers other than Derrida and Levinas themselves can match.... On every page, there is Llewelean sparkle." -David WoodIf not simple opposition or simple juxtaposition, what is the relation between the writings to which Derrida and Levinas appose their signatures? What would each endorse in the writings of the other? What is it to sign and endorse? How does one assume responsibility, and how does one avoid assuming it? These are some of the probing questions that the prominent Continental philosopher John Llewelyn takes up in Appositions, which brings together and synthesizes 15 essays written during the past 20 years. This book by a powerfully original thinker and first-rate interpreter is essential reading for all those interested in the writings of Derrida and Levinas and in the ways in which their thinking intersects.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 153.4 x 235.7 x 21.6mm | 439.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 index
  • 0253214939
  • 9780253214935
  • 584,537

About John Llewelyn

John Llewelyn has been Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and the Arthur J. Schmitt Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. Among his publications are BeyondMetaphysics? The Hermeneutic Circle in Contemporary Continental Philosophy; Derrida on the Threshold of Sense; The Middle Voice of Ecological Conscience; Emmanuel Levinas: The Genealogy of Ethics; and The HypoCritical Imagination: Between Kant and Levinas.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:AcknowledgmentsPrefaceAbbreviationsIntroduction: Levinas, Derrida and Others vis-a-visEthical metaphysicsFacial expressionParadoxical proximityThe back of beyondONE: Responsibility with IndecidabilityUse and mentionTypes and performancesThe paradox of quasi-analysisSursum cordaBefore the questionTWO: Derrida, Mallarme and AnatoleFirst affirmationLast testamentLimited incorporationTHREE: The Origin and End of PhilosophySolid senseImplexResourceProte philosophiaFOUR: In the Name of PhilosophyIn the name of GodTwo first philosophies. Levinas and JankelevitchThe love of wisdom and the wisdom of loveFIVE: What is Orientation in Thinking? Facing the FactsReason and sentimentIndividualismSalvage and salvationSocietyThe delimitation of reason aloneSIX: AmenRosenzweigGod's yessenceThe extraordinary wordSEVEN: The Impossibility of Levinas's DeathBeing deadWhy me?Peace and quietThe stingDust and ashesEIGHT: The Possibility of Heidegger's DeathClassical modalitiesThe ontological differenceI die therefore I amSummaryNINE: sELectionTEN: Jewgreek or GreekjewWriting with both handsSoucianceViolence and violenceELEVEN: At this Very Moment.... A Repetition that is not OneOpen opusOther passagesInterruptionOpen questionsTWELVE: Levinas and LanguageStructuralismOntologismLinguistic possessionsNouns, Verbs and Verbal NounsPronouns and PronunciationSaying, Said and SilenceThe Language of Levinas's Philosophy of LanguageTHIRTEEN: ThresholdsWhat goes on between the affect and the seing?What is the absolute difference?What is transgression?FOURTEEN: SemioethicsSignificationMeaningsThe divine nature of languageLessonsThe word of peaceResponsibility and playFIFTEEN: No Happy EndingAffirmationUniversality and cultural colonizationTeleology and deontologyInfinity and totalityWoe is meIn touchHappinessPolitics afterNotesIndexshow more

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"This is a book of scintillating intelligence, a book whose range of references, whose extraordinary ethical sensibility and linguistic reativity, set a standard for philosophy that few if any contemporary thinkers other than Derrida and Levinas themselves can match... On every page, there is Llewelean sparkle." - David Wood, Vanderbilt Universityshow more

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