By Emmanuel Levinas
The 13 essays gathered during this quantity examine the prospect that the be aware “God” should be understood now, on the finish of the 20 th century, in a significant approach. 9 of the essays look in English translation for the 1st time. between Levinas’s writings, this quantity distinguishes itself, either for college students of his notion and for a much broader viewers, via the diversity of concerns it addresses. Levinas not just rehearses the moral topics that experience led him to be considered as some of the most unique thinkers understanding of the phenomenological culture, yet he additionally takes up philosophical questions bearing on politics, language, and faith. the quantity situates his concept in a broader highbrow context than have his earlier works. In those essays, along the precise investigations of Husserl, Heidegger, Rosenzweig, and Buber that symbolize all his writings, Levinas additionally addresses the idea of Kierkegaard, Marx, Bloch, and Derrida. a few essays supply lucid expositions no longer on hand in different places to key parts of Levinas’s notion. “God and Philosophy” may be the only most vital textual content for realizing Levinas and is in lots of respects the simplest advent to his works. “From attention to Wakefulness” illuminates Levinas’s relation to Husserl and therefore to phenomenology, that's regularly his place to begin, whether he by no means abides via the bounds it imposes. In “The taking into account Being and the query of the Other,” Levinas not just addresses Derrida’s Speech and Phenomenon but additionally develops a solution to the later Heidegger’s account of the background of Being through suggesting otherwise of studying that background. one of the different issues tested within the essays are the Marxist idea of ideology, loss of life, hermeneutics, the idea that of evil, the philosophy of debate, the relation of language to the opposite, and the acts of conversation and mutual realizing.