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Levinas and Kierkegaard on Triadic Relations with God

M. Jamie Ferreira

in Gazing Through a Prism Darkly

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235223 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230457.003.0004

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Levinas and Kierkegaard on Triadic Relations with God

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This chapter discusses different views on religion and ethics from the viewpoint of Emmanuel Levinas and Søren Kierkegaard, and their insightful comparisons and contrasts to the viewpoints of Merold Westphal. It presents the qualifications that can be made for such comparison, first with Kierkegaard, then to Levinas. It argues that if Kierkegaard's view is that “God always stands between me and my neighbor”, it is then related to the view of Levinas, that is “the neighbor always stands between me and God”. The only difference is that for Levinas, ethics comes first before religion.

Keywords: Merold Westphal; Søren Kierkegaard; Emmanuel Levinas; ethics; religion; God

Chapter.  7068 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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