6. The Moment of Responsibility: Time and Eternity

Jeffrey Dudiak

in The Intrigue of Ethics

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780823220922
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235759 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

6. The Moment of Responsibility: Time and Eternity

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This chapter continues the discussion in Chapter 5, showing how the possible impossibility that is discourse is illuminated and deepened in Levinas's analysis of temporality. It proposes, by means of a tentative agenda, to inquire as to whether any answers, or any clues to answers, to the question posed by Levinas at the very end of the main text of Totality and Infinity — “Is this eternity a new structure of time, or an extreme vigilance of the messianic consciousness?” — can be gleaned by examining what his later work, Other Than Being or Beyond Essence, has to say about time.

Keywords: Levinas; discourse; temporality; time; structure; Totality and Infinity

Chapter.  21416 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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