Levinas Faces Biblical Figures

The book considers the ways in which Levinas's thoughts can open up the biblical text to requestioning, and how the biblical text can inform our reading of Levinas.

Author: Yael Lin

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739182833

Category: Philosophy

Page: 236

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Levinas Faces Biblical Figures captures the drama of the encounter between a great philosopher and a text of primary importance. The book considers the ways in which Levinas's thoughts can open up the biblical text to requestioning, and how the biblical text can inform our reading of Levinas.

The Oxford Handbook of Levinas

Levinas, Emmanuel. Totality and Infinity. Translated by Alphonso Lingis. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 1969. Lin, Yael (ed.). Levinas Faces Biblical Figures. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. Maimonides, Moses.

Author: Michael L. Morgan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190910686

Category: Philosophy

Page: 800

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Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) emerged as an influential philosophical voice in the final decades of the twentieth century, and his reputation has continued to flourish and increase in our own day. His central themes--the primacy of the ethical and the core of ethics as our responsibility to and for others--speak to readers from a host of disciplines and perspectives. However, his writings and thought are challenging and difficult. The Oxford Handbook of Levinas contains essays that aim to clarify and engage Levinas and his writings in a number of ways. Some focus on central themes of his work, others on the ways in which he read and was influenced by figures from Plato, Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant to Blanchot, Husserl, Heidegger, and Derrida. And there are essays on how his thinking has been appropriated in moral and political thought, psychology, film criticism, and more, and on the relation between his thinking and religious themes and traditions. Finally, several essays deal primarily with how readers have criticized him and found him wanting. The volume exposes and explores both the depth of Levinas's philosophical work and the range of applications to which it has been put, with special attention to clarifying why his interests in the human condition, the crisis of civilization, the centrality and character of ethics and morality, and the very meaning of human experience should be of interest to the widest range of readers.

Becoming Interreligious

246 “The Meaning of the Abrahamic Adventure in Levinas's Thought,” in Yael Lin (ed.), Levinas Faces Biblical Figures, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014, pp. 19–34, and especially pp. 28–29. 247 In the Middle Ages, Abraham himself was ...

Author: Ephraim Meir

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 9783830980803

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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The present volume contains reflections on the desirability and even the necessity of the interreligious dialogue and of dialogical theology in an increasingly globalized world. A kaleidoscope of various religions, each with its own specificity and cultural singularity, characterizes plural, open societies. In this constellation, encounters with religious others allow us to reimagine and reconfigure our religious singularity. In the process of becoming interreligious, one dynamically and creatively shapes one's particularity in communication with others. The nightmare of a homogeneous society where the other has no place at all receives its alternative in the vision of a growing community in which one's cultural and religious identity is formed, affirmed, and transformed in dialogue with others. Meir, Ephraim, Prof. Dr. ist Professor für moderne jüdische Philosophie an der Bar-Ilan Universität in Ramat Gan, Israel, und arbeitet seit 2014 regelmäßig zweimal im Jahr als 'Emmanuel-Lévinas-Gastprofessor für jüdische Dialogstudien und interreligiöse Theologie' an der Akademie der Weltreligionen der Universität Hamburg. Schwerpunkte: moderne jüdische Philosophie, dialogisches Denken, interreligiöse Theologie.

Paradox and Contradiction in the Biblical Traditions

Levinas Faces Biblical Figures (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014). Limnatis, Nectarios G., ed. The Dimensions of Hegel's Dialectic (London and New York: Continuum, 2010). Löwith, Karl. Meaning in History (Chicago, IL: University of ...

Author: Brayton Polka

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793637611

Category: Philosophy

Page: 316

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Paradox and contradiction constitute the two ways of the world. Polka traces these ideas and the way they have shaped the Western philosophical world view through close readings of Montaigne, Descartes, Spinoza, and Vico.

Gendering Modern Jewish Thought

Levinas emphasizes the immanent nature of his account; it need not invoke God, being self-sufficient as a site for ethics. ... “The Meaning of the Abrahamic Adventure in Levinas's Thought,” in Levinas Faces Biblical Figures, ed.

Author: Andrea Dara Cooper

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253057556

Category: Philosophy

Page: 270

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The idea of brotherhood has been an important philosophical concept for understanding community, equality, and justice. In Gendering Modern Jewish Thought, Andrea Dara Cooper offers a gendered reading that challenges the key figures of the all-male fraternity of twentieth-century Jewish philosophy to open up to the feminine. Cooper offers a feminist lens, which when applied to thinkers such as Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas, reveals new ways of illuminating questions of relational ethics, embodiment, politics, and positionality. She shows that patriarchal kinship as models of erotic love, brotherhood, and paternity are not accidental in Jewish philosophy, but serve as norms that have excluded women and non-normative individuals. Gendering Modern Jewish Thought suggests these fraternal models do real damage and must be brought to account in more broadly humanistic frameworks. For Cooper, a more responsible and ethical reading of Jewish philosophy comes forward when it is opened to the voices of mothers, sisters, and daughters.

The Joy of Religion

Levinas's discussion of pleasure, or what he calls “enjoyment” and “happiness,” is closely bound in his ... the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas and the Biblical Story of the Hospitality of Abraham,” in Levinas Faces Biblical Figures, ed., ...

Author: Ariel Glucklich

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108486422

Category: Psychology

Page: 262

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Using a psychological and historical approach, the book describes the ways that religions deepen and prolong feelings of wellbeing.

The New Testament and Intellectual Humility

10 An excellent entry point into the literature is provided by Christian Smith, ... (and Talmudic) dimension to Levinas's work, see the collection of essays in Yael Lin, Levinas Faces Biblical Figures (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2014).

Author: Grant Macaskill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192560452

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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This study examines how the New Testament scriptures might form and foster intellectual humility within Christian communities. It is informed by recent interdisciplinary interest in intellectual humility, and concerned to appreciate the distinctive representations of the virtue offered by the New Testament writers on their own terms. It argues that the intellectual virtue is cast as a particular expression of the broader Christian virtue of humility, something which itself proceeds from the believer's union with Christ, through which personal identity is reconstituted by the operation of the Holy Spirit. This demands that we speak of 'virtue' in ways determined by the acting presence of Jesus Christ that overcomes sin and evil in human lives and in the world. The Christian account of the intellectual virtue of humility is framed by this conflict, as the minds of believers who live together within the Christian community struggle with natural arrogance and selfishness, and come to share in the mind of Christ. The new identity that emerges creates a fresh openness to truth, as the capacity of the sinful mind to distort truth is exposed and challenged. This affects not just knowledge and perception, but also volition: for these ancient writers, a humble mind makes good decisions that reflect judgements decisively shaped by the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. By presenting 'humility of mind' as a characteristic of the One who is worshipped—Jesus Christ—the New Testament writers insist that we acknowledge the virtue not just as an admission of human deficiency or limitation, but as a positive affirmation of our rightful place within the divine economy.

The Face and Faciality in Medieval French Literature 1170 1390

The Levinasian face is precisely 'cette expression même' [the expression itself].34 Levinas opens up a ... thus opposes 'face' and 'figure': Pour nous [Juifs], le monde de la Bible n'est pas un monde de figures, mais de visages.

Author: Alice Hazard

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781843845874

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 239

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Modern theoretical approaches throw new light on the concepts of face and faciality in the Roman de la Rose and other French texts from the Middle Ages.

Modernity between Wagner and Nietzsche

16, no. 6, 2011). Lauterwein, Andrea. Anselm Kiefer/Paul Celan: Myth, Mourning and Memory (New York: Thames & Hudson, 2007). Lin, Yael, ed., Levinas Faces Biblical Figures (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014). Magee, Bryan.

Author: Brayton Polka

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739193167

Category: Religion

Page: 222

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Modernity between Wagner and Nietzsche argues that the operas and writings of Wagner contradict the values that are fundamental to modernity. Analyzing Wagner’s works in contrast to the philosophical thought of Nietzsche, Brayton Polka examines how Wagner breaks with Nietzsche and their common influencer, Schopenhauer.

Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism

In Levinas's terms, he could not see the face of Abel. However, the biblical passage ... We can use the above discussion to explain why Levinas turns to biblical figures and phrases to help illustrate a point. Levinas's discussion of ...

Author: Claire Elise Katz

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253007629

Category: Education

Page: 221

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Reexamining Emmanuel Levinas's essays on Jewish education, Claire Elise Katz provides new insights into the importance of education and its potential to transform a democratic society, for Levinas's larger philosophical project. Katz examines Levinas's "Crisis of Humanism," which motivated his effort to describe a new ethical subject. Taking into account his multiple influences on social science and the humanities, and his various identities as a Jewish thinker, philosopher, and educator, Katz delves deeply into Levinas's works to understand the grounding of this ethical subject.

Emmanuel Levinas Levinas and the question of religion

One of the figures Levinas uses to describe alterity in both his philosophical and his Jewish writings is " face . ... The connotations of the Hebrew word for face ( panim ) in biblical and rabbinic tradition are all important here .

Author: Claire Elise Katz

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415310539


Page: 376

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Emmanuel Levinas (1905-1995) was one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century. His work influencing a wide range of intellectuals such as Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Luce Irigaray and Jean-Luc Marion.

Heidegger and His Jewish Reception

As Levinas writes in his 1939 eulogy for Pope Pius XI, the Jewish (and Christian) experience of estrangement from the ... Levinas finds the Jewish modality of being to be personified in the biblical figures of Job and the suffering ...

Author: Daniel M. Herskowitz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108882231

Category: Religion


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In this book, Daniel Herskowitz examines the rich, intense, and persistent Jewish engagement with one of the most important and controversial modern philosophers, Martin Heidegger. Contextualizing this encounter within wider intellectual, cultural, and political contexts, he outlines the main patterns and the diverse Jewish responses to Heidegger. Herskowitz shows that through a dialectic of attraction and repulsion, Jewish thinkers developed a version of Jewishness that sought to offer the way out of the overall crisis plaguing their world, which was embodied, as they saw it, in Heidegger's life and thought. Neither turning a blind eye to Heidegger's anti-Semitism nor using it as an excuse for ignoring his philosophy, they wrestled with his existential analytic and what they took to be its religious, ethical, and political failings. Ironically, Heidegger's thought proved itself to be fertile ground for re-conceptualizing what it means to be Jewish in the modern world.

The Divine Face in Four Writers

Finally, the face-to-face encounter in the Bible in the early Levinas and in the Western literature selected for analysis ... and for readers who imaginatively respond to their characters in their entanglements, their joys and sorrows, ...

Author: Maurice Hunt

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501311048

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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An important contribution to studies in literature and religion, The Divine Face in Four Writers traces the influence of Christian and Classical prototypes in ideas and depictions of the divine face, and the centrality of facial expressions in characterization, in the works of William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Hermann Hesse, and C.S. Lewis. Maurice Hunt explores both the human yearning to see the divine face from post-Apostolic time to the 20th century, as reflected in religion, myth, and literature by writers such as Augustine, Shakespeare, Hardy and Dostoyevsky, as well as the significance of the hidden divine face in writings by Spenser, Milton, Hesse, and Lewis. A final coda briefly detailing Emmanuel Levinas's system of ethics, based on the human face and its encounters with other faces, allows Hunt to focus on specific moments in the writings of the four major writers discussed that have particular ethical value.


One of the figures Levinas uses to describe alterity in both his philosophical and his Jewish writings is “face. ... The connotations of the Hebrew word for face (panim) in biblical and rabbinic tradition are all important here.

Author: Ellen Spolsky

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438420844

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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This book explores the variety of ways that the Jewish understanding of the Covenant relates to the notion of a contract or a shared grammar as developed in recent structural and post-structural theory. The book enters the debate on the relationship beween a variety of open-ended forms of text interpretation and traditional Jewish interpretive practice, expanding and deepening that debate. Until now, the discussion has focused primarily on Midrashic interpretation; these essays balance the assumption of the openness of interpretation with an exploration of the concurrent restrictions on interpretation imposed by a covenant.

Altered Reading

What is figure , if there can be face in it ? It remains to consider the theological dimension of Levinas's description . After all , the primordial expression is a biblical citation , one of God's commandments , the sixth commandment ...

Author: Jill Robbins

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226721124

Category: Philosophy

Page: 185

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How might the ethical philosophy of the renowned French thinker Emmanuel Levinas relate to literature? Because his philosophy addresses the very opening of ethical experience, it cannot be applied readily as a critical method to literary texts. Yet Levinas's work, studded as it is with literary sources and quotations, demands a literary account. With an attitude at once respectful and interrogative, closely attentive to Levinas's texts while in dialogue with readings by Derrida, Blanchot, and Bataille, Altered Reading shows how the thread of the literary leads directly to the internal tensions of Levinas's ethical discourse. Jill Robbins provides a comprehensive critical account of Levinas's early and mature philosophy as well as later key transitional essays. In an invaluable appendix, she includes her own translation of an important, previously untranslated essay by Bataille on Levinas. Altered Reading will interest philosophers, literary critics, scholars of religion, and others drawn to Levinas's work.

Levinas Subjectivity Education

to all the others, those whose 'faces' are not present to me in my interactions with my neighbours, in an interview with Levinas in which he expands on the biblical roots of the idea of the face and the commandment it issues to me not ...

Author: Anna Strhan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118312377

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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Levinas, Subjectivity, Education explores how thephilosophical writings of Emmanuel Levinas lead us to reassesseducation and reveals the possibilities of a radical newunderstanding of ethical and political responsibility. Presents an original theoretical interpretation of EmmanuelLevinas that outlines the political significance of his work forcontemporary debates on education Offers a clear analysis of Levinas’s centralphilosophical concepts, including the place of religion in hiswork, demonstrating their relevance for educational theorists Examines Alain Badiou’s critique of Levinas’swork Considers the practical implications of Levinas’ theoriesfor concrete educational practices and frameworks

Worldly Ethics

These biblical figures are often cited by Levinas When he characterizes the Other. See also Levinas, “Transcendence and Height,” 17. Levinas, Totality and ... More pointedly, he declares that the “SS man” has What he “means by a face.

Author: Ella Myers

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822398035

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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What is the spirit that animates collective action? What is the ethos of democracy? Worldly Ethics offers a powerful and original response to these questions, arguing that associative democratic politics, in which citizens join together and struggle to shape shared conditions, requires a world-centered ethos. This distinctive ethos, Ella Myers shows, involves care for "worldly things," which are the common and contentious objects of concern around which democratic actors mobilize. In articulating the meaning of worldly ethics, she reveals the limits of previous modes of ethics, including Michel Foucault's therapeutic model, based on a "care of the self," and Emmanuel Levinas's charitable model, based on care for the Other. Myers contends that these approaches occlude the worldly character of political life and are therefore unlikely to inspire and support collective democratic activity. The alternative ethics she proposes is informed by Hannah Arendt's notion of amor mundi, or love of the world, and it focuses on the ways democratic actors align around issues, goals, or things in the world, practicing collaborative care for them. Myers sees worldly ethics as a resource that can inspire and motivate ordinary citizens to participate in democratic politics, and the book highlights civic organizations that already embody its principles.

Levinas Adorno and the Ethics of the Material Other

And he said: “Here am I.”58 On being asked in an interview whether one should evaluate biblical characters such as Samuel according to ethical criteria, Levinas responded, “I don't believe one can kill like this face to face as easily ...

Author: Eric S. Nelson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438480251

Category: Philosophy

Page: 480

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A provocative examination of the consequences of Levinas’s and Adorno’s thought for contemporary ethics and political philosophy. This book sets up a dialogue between Emmanuel Levinas and Theodor W. Adorno, using their thought to address contemporary environmental and social-political situations. Eric S. Nelson explores the “non-identity thinking” of Adorno and the “ethics of the Other” of Levinas with regard to three areas of concern: the ethical position of nature and “inhuman” material others such as environments and animals; the bonds and tensions between ethics and religion and the formation of the self through the dynamic of violence and liberation expressed in religious discourses; and the problematic uses and limitations of liberal and republican discourses of equality, liberty, tolerance, and their presupposition of the private individual self and autonomous subject. Thinking with and beyond Levinas and Adorno, this work examines the possibility of an anarchic hospitality and solidarity between material others and sensuous embodied life. Eric S. Nelson is Professor of Philosophy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the coeditor (with John E. Drabinski) of Between Levinas and Heidegger, also published by SUNY Press, and the author of Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought.

Self and Other Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion

And the early biblical figures, if we trust the numbers given in the Bible, certainly lived very long lives. ... The imperative of the face of the other, Levinas writes, “commands me to not remain indifferent to this death, ...

Author: Eugene Thomas Long

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402058615

Category: Philosophy

Page: 214

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The essays in this volume focus on some of the topics that are shaping recent continental philosophy of religion. These primary topics include self and other, evil and suffering, religion and society and the relation between philosophy and theology. The articles are by an international group of leading contributors to recent continental philosophy of religion.

Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation

3 Ethics and the face of the Other Inspired by poststructural readings of Levinas, biblical scholars have begun to attend to the call of the wholly Other in the text and in interpretation. For Levinas, ethics is 'a radical obligation ...

Author: Stanley E. Porter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134635573

Category: History

Page: 424

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First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.