In Proximity: Emmanuel Levinas and the Eighteenth Century Robert Bernasconi

ISBN: 9780896724518

Published: July 15th 2001

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420 pages


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In Proximity: Emmanuel Levinas and the Eighteenth Century  by  Robert Bernasconi

In Proximity: Emmanuel Levinas and the Eighteenth Century by Robert Bernasconi
July 15th 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 420 pages | ISBN: 9780896724518 | 4.11 Mb

In a world in which everything is reduced to the play of signs detached from what is signified, Levinas asks a deceptively simple question: Whence, then, comes the urge to question injustice? By seeing the demand for justice for the other—theMoreIn a world in which everything is reduced to the play of signs detached from what is signified, Levinas asks a deceptively simple question: Whence, then, comes the urge to question injustice?

By seeing the demand for justice for the other—the homeless, the destitute—as a return to morality, Levinas escapes the suspect finality of any ideology.Levinas’s question is one starting point for In Proximity, a collection of seventeen essays by scholars in eighteenth-century literature, philosophy, history, and religion, and their readings of Spinoza, Kant, Goethe, Wordsworth, Behn, Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, Diderot, Laclos, and Mendelssohn. The title In Proximity alone speaks volumes about Levinas’s philosophy and its relevance today.

If it is true that we are, through technology, moving closer and closer to one another, writes editor Melvyn New, then the importance of proximity and our response to it cannot be overstated. For the contributors to this volume, the question of whether we may, ethically, appropriate the object of study for our own causes has become vital. Levinas asks us to see ourselves, our own reading, in proximity to what is not ourselves, not our understanding of the world.The dialogue created among the essays themselves establishes an enormous diversity of texts and ideologies to which Levinas can contribute something of significant value.

At a time when the secondary literature on Levinas and his work is expanding explosively, the cross-disciplinary voices gathered together in In Proximity come at precisely the right time.



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