Entre Nous

Entre Nous : Essays on Thinking-of-the-Other

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Emmanuel Levinas is one of the most important figures of twentieth-century philosophy. Exerting a profound influence upon such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, and Irigaray, Levinas's work bridges several major gaps in the evolution of continental philosophy-between modern and postmodern, phenomenology and poststructuralism, ethics and ontology. He is credited with having spurred a revitalized interest in ethics-based philosophy throughout Europe and America. Entre Nous (Between Us) is the culmination of Levinas's philosophy. Published in France a few years before his death, it gathers his most important work and reveals the development of his thought over nearly forty years of committed inquiry. Along with several trenchant interviews published here, these essays engage with issues of suffering, love, religion, culture, justice, human rights, and legal theory. Taken together, they constitute a key to Levinas's ideas on the ethical dimensions of otherness.
Working from the phenomenological method of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, Levinas pushed beyond the limits of their framework to argue that it is ethics, not ontology, that orients philosophy, and that responsibility precedes reasoning. Ethics for Levinas means responsibility in relation to difference. Throughout his work, Levinas returns to the metaphor of the face of the other to discuss how and where responsibility enters our lives and makes philosophy necessary. For Levinas, ethics begins with our face to face interaction with another person-seeing that person not as a reflection of one's self, nor as a threat, but as different and greater than self. Levinas moves the reader to recognize the implications of this interaction: our abiding responsibility for the other, and our concern with the other's suffering and death. Situated at the crossroads of several philosophical schools and approaches, Levinas's work illuminates a host of critical issues and has found resonances among students and scholars of literature, law, religion, and politics. Entre Nous is at once the apotheosis of his work and an accessible introduction to it.
In the end, Levinas's urgent meditations upon the face of the other suggest a new foundation upon which to grasp the nature of good and evil in the tangled skein of our lives.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 150 x 221 x 15.75mm | 403.7g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0231079117
  • 9780231079112
  • 497,842

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The work of Emmanuel Levinas constitutes a key piece in the development of twentieth-century philosophy, bridging many of the gaps between philosophy, religion, ethics, and law. Published a few years before his death, Entre Nous represents the culmination of Levinas's philosophy. These essays and interviews venture into topics as diverse as the liberal state, legal theory, Jewish philosophy, and love. Ranging in its purview from explorations of metaphysical issues to urgent questions of suffering and responsibility, Entre Nous sounds the major theme of Levinas's philosophy: that philosophy begins with ethics and that ethics begins in the face of the other.
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Table of contents

Is Ontology Fundamental? The I and the Totality Levy-Bruhl and Contemporary Philosophy A Man-God? A New Rationality: On Gabriel Marcel Hermeneutics and the Beyond Philosophy and Awakening Useless Suffering Philosophy, Justice, and Love Nonintentional Consciousness From the One to the Other: Transcendence and Time The Rights of Man and Good Will Diachrony and Representation The Philosophical Determination of the Idea of Culture Uniqueness Totality and Infinity Dialogue on Thinking-of-the-Other "Dying for..." The Idea of the Infinite in Us The Other, Utopia, and Justice
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An excellent introduction to one of the most influential Continental philosophers... Exceptionally stimulating. Library Journal The most definitive, accessible, and cogently argued statement of his philosophy that Levinas ever published. What makes Entre Nous so remarkable is that it summarizes and clarifies the central arguments of his long career. Choice
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About Emmanuel Levinas

Emmanuel Levinas was professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne and the director of the Ecole Normale Superieur Israelite Orientale until his death in 1995. He exerted a profound influence on twentieth century continental philosophy, providing inspiration for Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, Irigary, and Finkielkraut, among others. Among his works translated into English are Proper Names, Ethics and Infinity, Time and the Other, and Otherwise than Being.
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