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Profile: David Seltzer (La Salle University, Pennsylvania State University)
  1. David Seltzer (2012). Biological Imagery in Fear and Trembling. Philosophy Today 56 (3):333-342.
    In Fear and Trembling, Johannes de Silentio, the pseudonymous author, uses images drawn from biological life as metaphors to illustrate the life of faith. Silentio begins in the preface by equating the life of faith with a biological lifetime. He then traces this lifetime in detail, beginning with childhood in the "Exordium" and concluding with marriage and parenthood in "Problema III". The process of biological development from child to adult parallels the development of the self from spiritual childhood to mature (...)
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  2. David Seltzer (2007). An Eye for an Eye. International Studies in Philosophy 39 (1):59-77.
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  3. David Seltzer (2007). An Eye for an Eye: Beauvoir and Levinas on Retributive Justice. International Studies in Philosophy 39 (1):59-77.
    This article discusses two essays, one by Beauvoir and the other by Levinas, both titled "An Eye for an Eye" after the passage from Leviticus. Beauvoir and Levinas disagree on how to assess the severity of crimes and on how to address crimes when they do occur. I trace these specific differences between them back to differences in their overarching philosophical positions. I then conclude by suggesting that Beauvoir and Levinas, through the way they define crimes, indirectly provide us with (...)
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