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The Problem with Levinas

Simon Critchley and Alexis Dianda


This book advances a new and critical reading of the thought of Emmanuel Levinas. Propelled by five basic questions that address the method, form, and shape of the central problem of Levinas’ work, the text both investigates Levinas’ solution to that problem and sketches an alternative. The book opens with a defence of a dramatic reading of Levinas’ texts that illuminates Levinas’ fundamental problem as the question of escaping the tragic finitude of being. Through a close reading of Levinas’ early works, where the question of escaping the being to which we are riveted in our facticity is fore ... More

Keywords: Levinas, mysticism, eros, subjectivity, facticity

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198738763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Critchley, author
The New School for Social Research

Alexis Dianda, editor
The New School University

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Lecture Two

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Lecture Three

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Lecture Four

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