In Proximity: Emmanuel Levinas and the Eighteenth Century

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Melvyn New, Robert Bernasconi, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy Robert Bernasconi, Richard A. Cohen
Texas Tech University Press, 2001 - 420 páginas
In a world in which everything is reduced "to the play of signs detached from what is signified," Levinas asks a deceptively simple question: Whence, then, comes the urge to question injustice? By seeing the demand for justice for the other—the homeless, the destitute—as a return to morality, Levinas escapes the suspect finality of any ideology.Levinas’s question is one starting point for In Proximity, a collection of seventeen essays by scholars in eighteenth-century literature, philosophy, history, and religion, and their readings of Spinoza, Kant, Goethe, Wordsworth, Behn, Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, Diderot, Laclos, and Mendelssohn. The title In Proximity alone speaks volumes about Levinas’s philosophy and its relevance today. "If it is true that we are, through technology, moving closer and closer to one another," writes editor Melvyn New, then "the importance of proximity and our response to it cannot be overstated." For the contributors to this volume, the question of whether we may, ethically, appropriate the object of study for our own causes has become vital. Levinas asks us to see ourselves, our own reading, "in proximity" to what is not ourselves, not our understanding of the world.The dialogue created among the essays themselves establishes an enormous diversity of texts and ideologies to which Levinas can contribute something of significant value. At a time when the secondary literature on Levinas and his work is expanding explosively, the cross-disciplinary voices gathered together in In Proximity come at precisely the right time.
 

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Levinas Reads Spinoza
3
Levinas on Spinozas Misunderstanding of Judaism
23
Race and Ethics in Levinas and Behn
53
What is Orientation in Thinking? Facing the Facts in Robinson Crusoe
69
Abrahams Odyssey
91
Reading Sterne through Proust and Levinas
111
From the Ethics of the Face to the Aesthetics of Unrepresentability
141
Encounters in Ithaca with Kant and Diderot
167
Levinas Goethes Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre and the Compulsion of the Good
215
Moses Mendelssohns Jerusalem from Levinass Perspective
243
On the Question of Autonomy and Heteronomy
261
Kant and the Problem of Ethical Metaphysics
285
Levinass Defense of Heteronomy
303
Levinas and Kant
327
Making a Habit of the Sublime
355
Index
393

Difficult Relations
183
Goethes Sufferings of Young Werther in Light of Levinas
197

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