Originally published in France as Entre Nous: Essais sur le penser-a-l'autre (Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, 1991), and spanning the years 1951 to 1988, this collection of 20 essays and interviews presents an overview of the ethical philosophy of French philosopher Levinas. Proceeding from the tradition of Husserl and Heidegger, Levinas argues that ethics precedes ontology as the proper orientation of philosophy. For Levinas, ethics first arises with the face-to-face meeting with another, and the recognition of the other as different and greater than the self. This basic concept is elaborated and explored in connection to a range of philosophical issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Exerting a profound influence upon such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, and Irigaray, Levinas's work bridges several major gaps in the evolution of continental philosophy―between modern and postmodern, phenomenology and poststructuralism, ethics and ontology. He is credited with having spurred a revitalized interest in ethics-based philosophy throughout Europe and America.Entre Nous (Between Us) is the culmination of Levinas's philosophy. Published in France a few years before his death, it gathers his most important work and reveals the development of his thought over nearly forty years of committed inquiry. Along with several trenchant interviews published here, these essays engage with issues of suffering, love, religion, culture, justice, human rights, and legal theory. Taken together, they constitute a key to Levinas's ideas on the ethical dimensions of otherness.From the Back Cover:
The work of Emmanuel Levinas constitutes a key piece in the development of twentieth-century philosophy, bridging many of the gaps between philosophy, religion, ethics, and law. Published a few years before his death, Entre Nous represents the culmination of Levinas's philosophy. These essays and interviews venture into topics as diverse as the liberal state, legal theory, Jewish philosophy, and love. Ranging in its purview from explorations of metaphysical issues to urgent questions of suffering and responsibility, Entre Nous sounds the major theme of Levinas's philosophy: that philosophy begins with ethics and that ethics begins in the face of the other.
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