Who Prays?

Jill Robbins

in The Phenomenology of Prayer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224951
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235797 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Who Prays?

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This chapter traces the ways the word prayer comes up in the philosophical writings of Emmanuel Levinas by considering the speaking relation between self and the other. It analyzes Levinas' Talmudic and confessional writings to show why Judaism understands religious life as a three-term, ethical relationship between self, other, and God. It concludes that prayer is intimately tied to the work of social justice.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; prayer; Talmudic writings; confessional writings; social justice

Chapter.  7169 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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