Kierkegaard and Levinas

Kierkegaard and Levinas : Ethics, Politics, and Religion

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Recent discussions in the philosophy of religion, ethics, and personal political philosophy have been deeply marked by the influence of two philosophers who are often thought to be in opposition to each other, Soren Kierkegaard and Emmanuel Levinas. Devoted expressly to the relationship between Levinas and Kierkegaard, this volume sets forth a more rigorous comparison and sustained engagement between them. Established and newer scholars representing varied philosophical traditions bring these two thinkers into dialogue in 12 sparkling essays. They consider similarities and differences in how each elaborated a unique philosophy of religion, and they present themes such as time, obligation, love, politics, God, transcendence, and subjectivity. This conversation between neighbors is certain to inspire further inquiry and ignite philosophical debate.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253220300
  • 9780253220301
  • 1,243,397

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"A book of this nature is long overdue." -Martin Beck Matustik, Purdue University "Presents a variety of perspectives on the relation of Levinas and Kierkegaard and represents a debate on how to read these two together and against each other." -Merold Westphal, Fordham University
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About J. Aaron Simmons

J. Aaron Simmons is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hendrix College. David Wood is Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He is author of many books, including Time After Time (IUP, 2007).
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Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Good Fences May Not Make Good Neighbors After All / J. Aaron Simmons and David WoodPart 1. Levinas on Kierkegaard 1. The Many Faces of Levinas as a Reader of Kierkegaard / Merold Westphal 2. Existential Appropriations: The Influence of Jean Wahl on Levinas's Reading of Kierkegaard / J. Aaron SimmonsPart 2. On Love and Transcendence 3. Who or What or Whot? / John Llewelyn 4. Kierkegaard and Levinas on Four Elements of the Biblical Love Commandment / M. Jamie Ferreira 5. The Greatest Commandment? Religion and/or Ethics in Kierkegaard and Levinas / Jeffrey DudiakPart 3. Time, Alterity, and Eschatology 6. Hearing, Patiently: Time and Salvation in Kierkegaard and Levinas / David Kangas and Martin Kavka 7. Kierkegaard, Levinas, and "Absolute Alterity" / Michael Weston 8. What Kierkegaardian Faith Adds to Alterity Ethics: How Levinas and Derrida Miss the Eschatological Dimension / John J. DavenportPart 4. Ethico-Political Possibilities 9. The Challenge of Justice: The Ethics of "Upbuilding" / Edith Wyschogrod 10. Levinas and Kierkegaard: Ethics and Politics / Zeynep Direk 11. Works of Justice, Works of Love: Kierkegaard, Levinas, and an Ethics Beyond Difference / Stephen Minister 12. "More Than All the Others": Meditation on Responsibility / Martin Beck MatutikList of ContributorsIndex
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