By Eric Sean Nelson, Antje Kapust, Kent Still
At a time of significant and lengthening curiosity within the paintings of Emmanuel Levinas, this quantity attracts readers into what Levinas defined as "philosophy itself"--"a discourse regularly addressed to another." therefore the thinker himself presents the thread that runs via those essays on his writings, one guided by way of the significance of the very fact of being addressed--the value of the announcing even more than the acknowledged. The authors, top Levinas students and interpreters from around the globe, discover the philosopher's courting to a variety of highbrow traditions, together with theology, philosophy of tradition, Jewish idea, phenomenology, and the background of philosophy. in addition they have interaction Levinas's contribution to ethics, politics, legislations, justice, psychoanalysis and epistemology, between different themes.In their radical singularity, those essays show the inalienable alterity on the center of Levinas's ethics. while, every one essay is still open to the others, and to the views and positions they recommend. therefore the quantity, in its caliber and variety, enacts an genuine come upon with Levinas's idea, embodying an highbrow ethics by way of advantage of its variety. Bringing jointly contributions from philosophy, theology, literary conception, gender reports, and political idea, this e-book deals a deeper and extra thorough come upon with Levinas's ethics than any but written.
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A parable! , as is to be found in Leviticus Rabbah (ch. ”28 Or one may understand the reversal of the chronological order as precisely the point which the parable of the king elaborates: R. Simeon taught: The sons of Aaron died only because they entered the Tent of Meeting drunk with wine. R. Phinehas said in the name of R. Levi: This may be compared to the case of a king who had a faithful attendant. When he found him standing at tavern entrances, he severed his head in silence, and appointed another attendant in his place.
By focusing on this element of the story, Kierkegaard sees in the narrative a story about Abraham’s faith that he will lose Isaac and somehow get him back—but the return of Isaac, as Silentio expresses it, is necessary only for the fulfillment of the covenant. That is what makes the asking for the sacrifice an absurdity. Even in the section of Fear and Trembling called “The Attunement,” when Silentio is trying to help us to see what Abraham must be struggling with, the focus is on the fear that it will be Isaac who will lose faith in God.
Indeed, each of the following essays is an address, a discourse addressed to another. As such, they exceed the attempt to circumscribe them to a set of propositions, and overflow even the minimal theme under which they have been collected, the theme provided by the title of this anthology: namely, that of addressing Levinas. Yes, in their essays, the contributors respond, each in his or her own singular voice, to Levinas. 7 Notes I wish to thank Eric Nelson for his helpful comments and suggestions on an early version of this introduction.
Addressing Levinas (SPEP) by Eric Sean Nelson, Antje Kapust, Kent Still