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Emmanuel Levinas

1st Edition

By Seán Hand


148 pages

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Best known for his theories of ethics and responsibility, Emmanuel Levinas was one of the most profound and influential thinkers of the last century. In this clear, accessible guide, Seán Hand examines why Levinas is increasingly fundamental to the study of literature and culture today. Exploring the intellectual and social contexts of his work and the events that shaped it, Hand considers:

    • the influence of phenomenology and Judaism on Levinas’s thought
    • key concepts such as the ‘face’, the ‘other’, ethical consciousness and responsibility
    • Levinas’s work on aesthetics
    • the relationship of philosophy and religion in his writings
    • the interaction of his work with historical discussions
    • his often complex relationships with other theorists and theories

Emmanuel Levinas’s unique contribution to theory set an exemplary standard for all subsequent thought. This outstanding guide to his work will prove invaluable to scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines - from philosophy and literary criticism through to international relations and the creative arts.

Table of Contents

Why Levinas? Key Ideas 1. Biography 2. Phenomenology and Judaism 3. Totality and Infinity 4. Otherwise than Being 5. Aesthetics 6. Talmudic Readings 7. Difficult Freedom: Politics and Ethics After Levinas Works Cited Bibliography

About the Author/Editor

Seán Hand is Professor of French and Head of the Department of French Studies at the University of Warwick. His central research interests focus on twentieth-century French writing and philosophy.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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