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Interview with Emmanuel Levinas

Edith Wyschogrod

in Crossover Queries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226061
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226061.003.0019

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Interview with Emmanuel Levinas

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This chapter presents an interview with Emmanuel Levinas and a discussion of his philosophy. According to Levinas, it requires a certain manner of speaking, of finding in language what was always signified phenomenologically. He does not proceed in any way like Martin Heidegger, who attributes a special wisdom to language. Levinas then discusses his work, Otherwise than Being, which is more radical than Totality and Infinity. “The Saying and the said... The ethical moment is the Saying. But one can't dispense with the said. There is, in Otherwise than Being, the necessary return to ontology, not ontology as such, but to theory in general or, if you wish, justice, which must be added to charity”. Finally, Levinas discusses Neo-Platonism.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; philosophy; language; Martin Heidegger; Otherwise than Being; Saying; ontology; Neo-Platonism

Chapter.  6182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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