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Stanford University Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 191 pages
Combining elements from Heidegger's philosophy of being-in-the-world and the tradition of Jewish theology, Levinas has evolved a new type of ethics based on a concept of the Other in two different but complementary aspects. He describes his encounters with those philosophers and literary authors (most of them his contemporaries) whose writings have most significantly contributed to the construction of his own philosophy of Otherness : Agnon, Buber, Celan, Delhomme, Derrida, Jabès, Kierkegaard, Lacroix, Laporte, Picard, Proust, Van Breda, Wahl, and, most notably, Blanchot.

At the same time, Levinas's own texts are inscriptions and documents of those encounters with Others around which his philosophy is turning. Thus the texts simultaneously convey an immediate experience of how his intellectual position emerged and how it is put into practice. A third potential function of the book is that it unfolds the network of references and persons in philosophical debates since Kierkegaard.

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About the author (1996)

Emmanuel Levinas is Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Among his many books is Outside the Subject (Stanford, 1994).

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