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Emmanuel Lévinasand the Infinite

Christina M. Gschwandtner

in Postmodern Apologetics?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242740
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242788 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823242740.003.0003

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Emmanuel Lévinasand the Infinite

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Chapter 2 treats the philosophy of Emmanuel Lévinas. Against the claim of some commentators, it argues that Lévinas is not a theological thinker and that his philosophy does not provide an argument for Jewish or Christian belief. Unlike what might be said of the later thinkers, Lévinas does not provide a defense for God and is not even really interested in religious experience or religious phenomena. Even his writings about the infinite and God are directed toward and placed in service of his ethical concern for the human other. Yet, Lévinas’s philosophy, even far more explicitly than Heidegger’s, makes the later thinking possible through his heavy use of biblical terminology, his strong emphasis on transcendence and otherness, and also by his critique of onto-theo-logy.

Keywords: Lévinas; alterity; infinite; other; neighbor; il y a

Chapter.  9288 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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