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Levinas

Robyn Horner

in Rethinking God as Gift

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221219
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823221219.003.0003

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Levinas

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This chapter discusses the work of Emmanuel Levinas. The chapter holds that it is important for three reasons: first, because it is a dialogue with and a departure from the thinking of both Husserl and Heidegger; second, because it marks a further application and development of the phenomenological method; and third, because in each of the aforementioned respects it has had enormous influence on Jean-Luc Marion. The discussion shows that Levinas's work rests on the very possibilities that Husserl to a large extent leaves unthought, but he abandons the phenomenological bias in favour of a more radical “hearing” of a call for responsibility. Contrary to Heidegger, Levinas puts forward the thesis that the history of philosophy has been dominated by ontology, and that the project of ontology is doomed to failure. Levinas suggests pursuing a genuine metaphysics, one that has an eye for transcendence and the ethical.

Keywords: Levinas; Husserl; Heidegger; Marion; Derrida; ontology; metaphysics; transcendence

Chapter.  15617 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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